I get absolutely and undeniably attached to book characters to the point where I cry and laugh with them, and physically miss them when I finish reading the book. -unknown
After I found the above quote on Pinterest a while back, a light bulb went off in my head. This is the reason I have such a love for books and movies. Because for me, this also applies to great cinema.
It’s been a little over an hour since I finished Room with Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay (yes, it has been a relaxing Sunday) and I’m still emotionally drained. I’m not even sure what to do next because all I can think about is that little boy and his mother. If you haven’t seen it – add it to your queue now. Larson won Best Actress for Room at the Oscars and I’m surprised the film didn’t take home Best Picture – although to be fair, I haven’t seen all the nominees, but I did see Spotlight.
Within minutes of the opening scene, I had moved from my normal reclined position to the edge of our couch, where I stayed the entire two hours, leaning toward the TV. The volume was cranked and my eyes wouldn’t dare leave the screen. While Tremblay narrated a story of himself, Jack and his mother, Joy, I was transported into a world Room created. Emotions went from fear, to sadness, back to fear, to anger and into happiness. I cried with Joy, smiled with Jack, hoped with them both. Then instantly went into withdrawal during the closing credits.
The story is heart-wrenching, deeply moving, unforgettable and without giving up any spoilers, there is a happy ending. I just couldn’t get enough.
Isn’t it amazing how Hollywood and talented authors can drag us into a different world where we completely lose track of our own? I haven’t had a movie affect me this way in a long while and I know I’ll be watching it again.
What movie or book has done this for you? I’ll add it to my list.