One of fall 2015’s most anticipated movies is Room, based on the psychological suspense novel by Emma Donoghue. We loved the book and can’t wait to see how the Room movie adaptation turns out. Here’s what we know about it so far! (Besides our book review, that is.)
- The U.S. release date is October 16, 2015.
- Watch the official teaser trailer and the second trailer.
- The director is Lenny Abrahamson (Frank).
- It stars Brie Larson as Ma, Sean Bridgers as Old Nick, and Jacob Tremblay as Jack. See the full cast list on IMDB.
- See the official Room movie website.
- Check out Emma Donoghue’s blog about the process of adapting her novel to the big screen.
- Slate discusses the challenges of “filtering an adult’s ordeal through the perceptions of a child.”
- Room wows audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival and stirs Oscar buzz. (EW)
- …And it takes the People’s Choice Award, the Toronto International Film Festival’s top prize. (Yahoo)
About the Book
Emma Donoghue conceived the idea for the book after reading about the Josef Fritzl case in Austria (see our Girls, Abducted reading list for books about the Fritzl case and other abduction survivors). The chilling, heartbreaking novel was short-listed for the 2010 Man Booker Prize. The story is told from the point of view of Jack, a curious and thoughtful five-year-old exploring the limits of his world like any child. Reading through the lines of his narration, we come to understand that Jack and his young mother are captives, kept prisoner in a small room by “Old Nick,” who is Jack’s father. It’s no spoiler to say that Jack and his mother don’t stay in the room forever, but what seems like a ripped-from-the-headlines happy ending gets more complicated as Jack and his mother struggle to deal with their freedom. See our full review.
Our Room Movie Prediction: Frighteningly Awesome
With a plot full of abduction, rape, abuse, and mental illness, this movie could go terribly wrong if not sensitively handled. But from what we’ve seen so far, it’s a respectful, emotionally nuanced adaptation of the book, with a talented young actor playing Jack, the story’s heart. This film won’t be for everyone, however well made, but we’re looking forward to seeing it on the big screen!