Our latest Movie Review on the film Room
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Room is the multi-award winning film adaptation based on Emma Donoghue’s bestselling novel of the same name. It is the movie that everyone has been talking about ever since its debut at the Telluride Film Festival last September.
Told from the harrowing perspective of five-year-old Jack (Jacob Tremblay), Room is a highly suspenseful and deeply emotional journey of his escape into the outside ‘real’ world that he has always believed to be just ‘TV.’ For Jack, Room was everything he had ever known. For his Ma (Brie Larson), it was the garden shed in which she had been held captive for several years by the man they call ‘Old Nick.’
As Jack begins to discover new things, places, and people, Ma struggles to readapt to her past life as Joy Newsome. Their relationship is truly tested. For the first time in five years, they are separated more than once and there are other people in their lives aside from each other. Despite this, their bond remains impenetrable and that’s one of the most beautiful things about this film, and why I couldn’t stop thinking about it for weeks.
Brie Larson truly deserved all the recognition and awards for her role as Ma, including the Academy Award for Best Actress, but the star of this movie was undoubtedly nine-year-old Jacob Tremblay who truly blew me away with his performance. At such a young age, he was able to handle such mature, and at times disturbing, themes, as well as bring me to tears (more than once!) in a way no other movie ever has. At one point, my heart was racing so fast because I was actually terrified about what would happen. It’s definitely a rollercoaster ride of emotions.
What makes it even more heart-breaking is how true it is to real life. In fact, the author was inspired by real life events and reading about them truly broke my heart. I read the book after I saw the movie, but I definitely loved the movie more. Trying to read from a five-year-old’s perspective is frustrating, whereas watching it is a completely different experience; powerful.
Every single person behind this film did an incredible job; from the script, to the set, to the cast, to the music, to the direction. It all comes together to create something that is truly phenomenal. With the unbreakable bond between mother and child at its core, Room is a film that has the power to really touch and move its audience. I definitely recommend it, but with that comes a warning: this movie will break you.