Plot: Held captive for 7 years in an enclosed space, a woman and her young son finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time – Room
Director – Lenny Abrahamson
Released: January 2016
I first heard of Room, after Captain Marvel came out and was told that Larson did have the ability and when given the chance, rather than coming across as an emotionless robot. So I figured what better time than when we are stuck inside than to watch a film about a mother and son being kept a prisoner in a room and see if that Oscar win was deserved and just how mishandled Larson has been in the Marvel films so far.
Something that I wasn’t expecting given I haven’t read the book, is how much of the film takes place outside of the room, which gave the film a feeling of having two distinct halves, the first where we are seeing first hand the abuse happen on screen and the second where the effects are felt on not just Ma (Larson) and Jack (Tremblay), but also their wider family.
Both stars give outstanding performances. Perfectly portraying many complex feelings, Larson especially manages to successfully overcome the separation you feel from her character, given that the film starts at a point where she is already numb from the abuse she has been subjected too.
As hard as Larson works, really Room is Jack’s show, with the audience seeing the world and meeting characters thought his eyes, Tremblay once again proves to be one of the best child actors working today and well equipt to deal with the heavy emotions that came along with the role, reminding me of a young Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense.
Now this movie is certainly not for everyone given the tough subject matter and unconventional filming style. Some will have a tough time making it through. However, those that do will be treated to a surprisingly heartwarming story made all the better with critically acclaimed acting.