Room

by | Oct 22, 2015 | 0 comments

An Incredibly Philosophical Film With Great Performances From Its Leads

I was wrong. In my review of The Gambler I completely discarded Brie Larson as a bad actress with no future. I was very wrong, and I am extremely happy that I was because Larson has shown she has the potential to be one of her generation’s best. Room projects her potential through the roof as well as introducing us to a fabulous Jacob Tremblay.

Room tells the harrowing story of Ma (Brie Larson) and Jack (Jacob Tremblay) who live in a single room held captive by Old Nick (Sean Bridges). Ma has been in “room” for seven years, and Jack, being five, has been in “room” all his life and thinks that outside his walls are only space and planets. The whole first half of the film takes place in “room” (SPOILER ALERT – kind of) the second takes place outside and we see as Jack and Ma transition back into the real world, living with Ma’s parents (Joan Allen and William H. Macey). The reason I said that that last sentence was a bit of a spoiler is because I’m giving away an event halfway through the film, but I personally wouldn’t deem it a spoiler since the trailer alludes to it and because I would leave 50% of the film un-reviewed.

What is so spectacular about Room is the incredible philosophical questions that it poses on the innocence of childhood, the unexplainable mother-child connection, and of course on how the mind of a five-year-old works. Both halves of the film have their own themes and together have you leave the theatre with you mind unsettled and cycling through its previous view on the world.

We mustn’t forget that a large amount of credit goes to director Lenny Abrahamson (Frank) who with so little space and so few actors does a fantastic job to keep us entertained and has the film remain logical and realistic. His handling of Tremblay is perfect, he is able to have Tremblay give off a sense of purity and innocence that is ubiquitous in childhood and yet is so hard to reproduce in film and art. We are transported back to our childhood days where we were curious about everything big or small. But we mustn’t take away credit from Tremblay, who plays his Jack with a temperance little seen in child actors today.

The actress, however, that everyone is talking about is Larson, who helps us see the pain she is going through, yet also puts up an invisible shield for the sake of her Jack. Being so young and not a mother it was incredibly inspiring to see her and Tremblay act together in such a tender manner. If she is able to pick her next projects well then she might well be a star in the making.

In the end Room is a fantastic film that not only entertains, but it also makes you think about our world and how unappreciated it and our life is. 

  • OVERALL MOVIE RATING 87% 87%

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