Directed by Lenny Abrahamson
Written by Emma Donaghue
Starring: Jacob Tremblay, Brie Larson, Joan Allen, Sean Bridges, and William H. Macy
“Room” not to be confused with 2003’s “The Room,” is a powerful, emotional powerhouse of a movie that focuses on what happens after being kidnapped and isolated for many years and the bond between mother and child. The film is built around the breathtaking performances of Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, and the excellent of Lenny Abrahamson.
The performances of Larson and Tremblay are the center of the movie. Larson and Tremblay are fantastic together, and you believe the mother/son relationship between them. Larson gives a career best performance. There are many layers in Larson’s performance, the performance is simultaneously maternal and broken, divided between protecting her son and struggling with her situation. Tremblay makes a home run debut in this movie. The film is told from the perspective of Tremblay’s character. He guides you through the story, and you do get an understanding of his situation.
Where “Room” excelled is in Abrahamson’s direction. Both parts of this movie, the part that takes place in the room and the part that takes place after they leave, would have made excellent movies. Placing the two parts together made an amazing movie watching experience. In the room, the room is the whole world, and the only things that exist are located within the room. Outside the room is a scary, frightening, and harsh place. Telling the story of “Room” from the perspective of Tremblay’s character was sheer brilliance. Through that lens, you see how he comes to terms with what was room and what is the world. When they first leave the room, Tremblay’s character is reserved, and Larson is erratic. Tremblay slow opens up, and Larson comes to terms with what had happened to her and slowly works her way to something that resembles normal.
Come Oscar time I am sure that you will see “Room” with several nominations, including adapted screenplay, both actress, and actor (though I do believe that they are campaigning Tremblay for supporting instead of lead), and picture. “Room” was an excellent movie and a film that I highly recommend seeing.