When someone decides to turn a book into a movie they begin an arduous process. Taking someones painstakingly conceived words and putting them to action leads to 3 possible scenarios.
- They get everything wrong and the fans of the novel hate film.
- They change things just enough in a way that gives the fans of the novel a new way to experience beloved material or an extension of a story they never wanted to end.
- And in very, very rare cases they are able to complete and accurately bring the words to life and you are watching a novel frame by frame.
Such was the case with Room by Emma Donoghue. The tone, the atmosphere, the perspective is exactly what you see on the screen. I think with source material that is so unique it is hard not to stay true but with the subject matter a lot of filmmakers would have presented a softer view, shy away from the reality of the story. Im glad they didn’t as it allowed me to be destroyed by the same story twice in one week. That what good storytelling is supposed to to right?
PS. I love Brie Larson. She’s has offered up a consistently awesome body of work from United States of Tara, to Scott Pilgrim, to Short Term 12. If you feel the same way, watch her interview with Shad on the Q. Its on youtube here: Brie Larson on Q on CBC