‘Room’ is a book-to-movie adaptation that is worth the watch

Kayla Mathewson, Staff Writer

Normally when I hear that a book is going to be adapted into a movie, I become ecstatic because the thought of a good plot line with great character development is going to be on the big screen.


Then the feeling of worry and anxiousness soon follows because the world of cinema has a habit of not remotely following the book in any way, shape or form. I understand that not everything can be included when it comes to taking a 400-page book and turning it into a 2-hour movie, but some accuracy would be greatly appreciated to us book nerds.


So, when I heard the book “Room” by Emma Donoghue was going to be a movie, I knew that I had to see it as soon as I got the chance to, which came to me this weekend thanks to the Majestic Theatre. And I was very satisfied with how the movie turned out.


The story follows a little boy named Jack, who is five years old and has never seen anything outside the world of a little shed in a man’s back yard.


The old man, called Nick, took Jack’s mother, and she had been there for two years before she gave birth to Jack. This little shed has a lamp, a bed, a closet, a sink, a bathtub, a skylight and a tiny kitchen with a toaster oven. The walls are soundproof so no one can hear them screaming from time to time, and the door had a code that only Nick knew.


Jack’s mother, Joy, does a great job of making sure that Jack gets his exercise, and he can read very well for his age. The first half of the movie is showing how these two lived in this room, and how they dealt with Nick coming in almost every night, how they brushed their teeth and how they rely on Sunday Treat to get various necessities.


Then, Joy comes up with a plan to get Jack to go outside and get help. Joy really had to think outside of the box, with brave little Jack faking his death and being rolled up in a rug.


What I think makes this story interesting is watching Jack adjust to the world after growing up in that little room. Jack thought that the room was the whole world, and that everything he watched on the TV was just another planet or not real, until his mother tells him that there’s so much more and how they’re going to escape.


Not only did the directors and producers do a great job of following the book and depicting the general essence of this story, but the acting was absolutely amazing. In fact, Brie Larson, who played Joy, won the Oscar for Best Actress for this particular movie. Also, Jacob Tremblay, who played Jack, did a flawless job of becoming a five year old who looks at the world a little differently than most people.


I strongly recommend reading the book first, because it just pulls you in immediately, and you get to see the room through the eyes of a five year old who has only ever seen the light of day through a skylight. Joy adjusts easier, but there’s still some difficulty for her as well.


This story isn’t for the faint of heart, for there are scenes of abuse, rape and attempted suicide.


I will admit that there were scenes in the book and the movie that I did not enjoy reading, but I think those scenes are necessary to get the full story of what it’s really like to be held against your will in a tiny room for a part of your life.