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ROOM FOR RENT REVIEW- “WHAT REALLY HAPPENED AT THE END OF THIS MOVIE…”

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The above is the question that has been on my lips and never left my lips after watching to the end the movie “Room for rent.” I am sure this question is also on the lips of many who have equally watched the movie.

So what happened at the end of the movie? Well Mrs. Joyce Smith (Acted by Lin Shaye) went on vacation leaving only Sarah (Acted by Valeska Miller) and her cat-Boodie at the house. I am like “Ehen, that’s all? Is this how to end a movie? If you ask me, the ending makes no sense except there would be a sequel to the part 1.

If there wont be a follow-up to the part 1, I am assuming that Joyce Smith intends killing Sarah also just like she killed her boyfriend- Bob (Acted by Oliver Rayon) and then take their child and raise the baby as hers.

But how far can Mrs. Joyce Smith succeed with that plan? She is on vacation and may be for 9 months. But wait o, how can Sarah possibly stay in that house for 9 months with her arms crossed. The truth is that there is no way Sarah would stay in that house for months without going through or ransacking some items in the building. In the process, she would end up finding Bob’s buried body and property. What you all think?

Oh! We have not talked about what the movie “Room for rent” is all about

The movie “Room for rent” is not an action movie or a fast pace movie. The movie centers around a woman Mrs. Smith who so much wanted a child but her husband-Fred Smith hated kids and would just not allow them to have a child. She lived a cheerless life in the 30years of her marriage with Fred. She did not live the kind of life she desire to, so when her husband finally died, she decided to live the kind of life she has always envisaged; a hopeful romantic lady with the plan of having kids.

Mrs. Smith became a sweet 16 again, especially when she found Bob, the one that her heart was drawn to, even though she was twice or thrice his age. She became obsessed with Bob but ended up killing him when she found out that he impregnated another lady-Sarah.

But wait, guys I have a question for you all. Why would a woman agree to stay in a marriage with a man that doesn’t want kids coupled with the fact her husband was really broke. So what exactly tied her down in the marriage? Because money? Fred doesn’t have. Happiness? Fred did not give her that too. So why still stay in the marriage? Good sex or what? Really the scripting is somehow. We don’t really know if she was the one responsible for her husband’s death or not, but from her conversation with Sarah outdoor and the way she had killed Mrs Gladys (Acted by Linda Cushma) and Bob, we may cast a sheep’s eye at her. Perhaps she killed her husband.

Another question guys biko (Please)

There was a scene where Mrs. Smith had a nightmare where she had smashed a clock. She woke up, went to one of the rooms to retrieve an item and then thrashed the item in the bin. If you ask me, I did not understand the dream she had and I don’t know what she threw into the bin. But I know she was muttering some words like “I won’t let you ruin my life again..” So what was that scene about? If she was referring to her late husband, the clarity of that scene was veiled.

Away from the scripting I love the cinematography; it is terrific. One could tell the number of days that had passed after a particular scene. I also love the fact that the makers of the movie used both morning and night scenes.

The film doesn’t make use of too many characters but the few characters that featured in the movie were of exceptional performance. Mrs. Smith (Acted by Lin Shaye); couldn’t just love her acting the less. She was so professional in her acting. She interpreted her role very well. She was snobby, remorseless,blunt, unhappy, obssessed and her facial expression all through the movie for her character was exact. At some point she employed sarcasm in her dialogue.

For Bob, I felt his manner of dialogue with Mrs. Smith was the one he should have reserved for someone of his age a lady he was wooing her. The way he responded to Mrs. Joyce the first time they met was like they were an item.

In terms of movie sound; at some point of the movie, the music was deafening to the ears, especially the part where Mrs. Smith was reading out Sarah’s letter; I did not hear a word she said. At the 19 minutes of the movie, the beat overshadowed their dialogue especially when Sarah’s letter was read.

My eyeballs almost came out of the  socket when Mrs. Smith used that nose candy. I was like is this woman so dumbo that she did not know that it was not just ordinary candy. View more @ 65 minutes 20 seconds of the movie

Finally, what really happened after Mrs. Smith drugged Bob’s drink? Did she sex him? Did she romance him? What really happened? She finally had a chance to have him but it seems like nothing happened. Imagine when Bon woke up, shouldn’t his sense have told him that something was amiss, even from the way his shirt was wrongly buttoned. View more at the 67 minutes of the movie.

 

 

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Costume wise

  • Just costume

Sound wise

  • Fair and deafening
  • JUST WONDERING
  • So what really killed Fred Smith? We don’t know what really killed her husband. There should have been a flashback of how Mrs. Joyce Smith and her late husband lived. How can a man just decide not to have kids and not even adopt one for the entire marriage and it is only making him cheerful when the wife is cheerless about it.
  • @23 minutes of the movie, Bob walked in almost immediately after Mrs. Smith used his roll on and perfume so how come his facial expression did not register any shock? Or better still, why did he not react to this?
  • That young guy- his friends are not just nice. Whenever he is been tackled, they run away from him. Bad friends!
  • I am trying so hard to understand what happened at the scene she woke up from a nightmare and when she threw something into the bin. What was that?
  • What was Bob raking about over the phone @ the 43minutes of the movie. Shouldn’t there have been a translation?
  • How did Bob get the injury @ 44 minutes 51 seconds of the movie? What is he really into? No details about him.
  • Audibility was a problem in some scenes. They music overshadowed their dialogue. View more at the 45 minutes 20 seconds of the movie.
  • How na, shouldn’t Sheila (acted by Tonya Jube Moore) have suspected Mrs. Smith with the way she cried. I mean Mrs. Smith never answered either her greetings nor Gady’s, she did not converse with them either. View more at the 53 minutes 3 seconds of the movie.

Confusing scene(s): Nil.

 

Overall rating for Room For Rent

  • STRUCTURE: Good Beginning, Good Middle, somewhat Ending
  • SOUND: Fair
  • DIALOGUE: Good
  • CHARACTERS: Familiar faces and new faces
  • SCREEN PLAY: Fair
  • SHOTS: Bright shots
  • LOCATION: America
  • REMARK: The movie has an anticlimactic ending. I was disappointed at the way the movie ended after enjoying the way the plot was unfolding. There should be a sequel to this movie

 

  • RATE: 6/10

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UNCORK’D ENTERTAINMENT; PASID G PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS; A TOMMY STOVALL PICTURE;

ROOM FOR RENT

CAST AND CREW

LIN SHAYE ACTED AS JOYCE SMITH; OLIVER RAYON ACTED AS BOB; VALESKA MILLER ACTED AS SARAH; RYAN OCHOA ACTED AS WAYNE; LINDA CUSHMAN ACTED AS GLADYS; CASEY NICHOLAS PRICE ACTED AS EDWARD; TONYA JUNE MOORE ACTED AS SHEILA; TREVOR STOVALL ACTED AS XANDER; JOSE ROSETE ACTED AS DR. SINGH; JUSTIN ROBERTS ACTED AS GREGORY; MICHAEL HARRELSON; GREG JOSEPH; JULE JOHNSON; MICHAEL LOPEZ;  ROB BURSON; MADISON OTTINGER; SUSAN OBIJISKI; PATRICIA WHEAT; CATHY RANSOM; KENT ADAMS; ADRIEL PATEL DELALOYE; EVAN FAVORITE, KAI ZIMMERMAN; RANDY RODRIGUEZ; BEN PHILO; WADE ADAMS; MARC STERLING; MORGAN CHAMBERLAIN; LENA FURBENA.

WRITTEN BY STUART FLACK

MUSIC BY: JOSEPH BISHERA; ADDITIONAL MUSIC: JAKUB GAWLINA

CO-PRODUCER: LIN SHAYE; ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS:  WADE ADAMS, KENT ADAMS

PRODUCED BY: MARC STERLING

EDITED, PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY TOMMY STOVALL

DURATION 1 hour 21 seconds