Room Movie Review & Film Summary

**The following is a wonderful review for the new film Room, however, it does contain minor spoilers that are given away on IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes. But, if you plan on seeing this film and haven’t read anything about it, I believe it would be best to see it without knowing a thing for the best moviegoing experience – Jacob Tiranno**

Jacob Tremblay and Brie Larson in Room

Jacob Tremblay and Brie Larson in Room

Most of us typically view rooms, especially rooms in our homes, as our escape from the outside world. Whether it is the living room, the kitchen, the dinning room, or the bedroom, people can find solace in their favorite rooms. But what if, one room became your entire world? One singular room only confined by four walls is now the bane of your existence. Sounds horrifying, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, for Ma- formerly known as Joy- and her newly turned 5-year-old boy, Jack, this is their nightmarish reality.

Room, which is based on Emma’s Donoghue’s novel of the same name, follows Ma (Brie Larson) and her son Jack (Jacob Tremblay) as they are held captive to a windowless room. Despite their unfavorable situation, Ma is still a loving and devoted mother that is dedicated to keeping Jack happy and safe. She does her best to make sure that he lives a normal childhood. His typical day consists of learning, reading stories, and playing games. Ma has created this somewhat fulfilling life for Jack, but this dreadful situation has finally reached its breaking point. Ma’s strength and patience has waned and Jack’s curiosity about why they are living in this one room has only increased with each passing day. As we learn more about the reason why they are held captive, they finally attempt a risky plan in order to escape their horrors. However, the prospects of being acclimated with the outside world is also a frightening one.

Room is one of the most, if not the most, powerful, beautiful, heartbreaking, and inspiring films of the year. It is extremely genuine, emotionally gripping, and thematically meaningful. For the majority of the film, Director, Lenny Abrahamson, has limited space to work with, but he still manages to craft a film that is visually raw and precise. He is able to brilliantly transport us into the characters’ reality by capturing great tight shots of Ma, Jack, and the room. With each minute, we become more like Ma and Jack as we start to experience everything through their eyes. More specifically, the film is constructed around Jack’s narration. We get to see everything through his youthful eyes and it offers a perspective that is fresh and makes us see everything in a new light. After watching this film, you will appreciate the small things in life thanks to Jack’s outlook. Now, the film never gets too overbearing or sentimental. Abrahamson is able to evoke all of the right emotions at the right time. Although Room does deal with a topic and a situation that is extremely harrowing and possibly depressing to some, there is beauty to be found within the film. Above everything else, Room is about a mother’s love for her child no matter the predicament they might be in. It wonderfully explores the relationship between a mother and a child. Although this relationship is unique for the majority of us, it will definitely resonate with everyone. This mother and son relationship will fill you with a wide range of emotions, but most importantly it will make you feel the enduring love that can only be felt between a mother and her child.

Perhaps the most brilliant aspect of the movie is how it is constructed. Now, when I say this most people will think about how the majority of the film is spent in one room. While that is most definitely impressive and a great quality, I am speaking of how this film is able to stay true to its source material. The author of the book also wrote the screenplay and she deserves a lot of credit. Room, the book and the film, never focuses on the horrors of the past. The story could have easily be about the actual kidnapping, rape, and abuse that Ma endured. Or the story could have easily focused on the sociopath that has committed this awful act. However, Emma Donoghue manages to craft a story that beautifully shows and observes the bond between a mother and her child. Donoghue reminds us how powerful storytelling can be, and the overall experience of Room reminds us why we go to the movies in the first place.

Since Room revolves around the mother and son, the film solely rests on the shoulders of Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay. Luckily, Larson and Tremblay are nothing short of amazing in their performances. Together they are magnificent and form one of the most believable mother-child pairings we have ever seen on film. Their chemistry is so authentic and strong that we forget that we are actually watching a movie. Brie Larson continues to add great work to her growing filmography and is proving that she deserves to be mentioned when talking about the best actresses working today. In 2013, Larson delivered a brilliant performance in Short Term 12, and with Room, Larson might just be at her absolute best. Brie Larson is completely stripped down and vulnerable as Ma, yet she shows incredible range is this performance. She is able to display warmth, love, fear, or pain with just her body language. Brie Larson as Ma transcends the screen and it is simply one of the best performances of the year. With that being said, youngster Jacob Tremblay is a revelation in this role. He is wise beyond his years and it seems that he fully understands what it takes to completely transport the audience to his world. He radiates so much tenderness, innocence, and curiosity on screen that it is such a moving performance. Together, Larson and Tremblay will uplift you and move you to tears.

Room is a beautiful film with amazing performances, plenty of heart, and authentic emotion. As sad, frightening, and depressing the topic or this type of film could be, Room is still able to showcase an uplifting story about one of the purest things in the world- a mother’s love for her child.

The cast includes: Brie Larson (Short Term 12), Jacob Tremblay (The Surfs 2), Joan Allen (The Bourn Ultimatum), and William H Macy (Fargo). It was written by Emma Donoghue and directed by Lenny Abrahamson (Frank).

4 out of 4 stars

-By Louie Coruzzolo

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