Room is a movie that will hit you like a ten ton hammer. During my screening for it, I can’t lie, I may have shed my body weight in tears. The impact of this film is massive and will most definitely leave a mark on you once you leave the theater. You also probably won’t ever take your freedom for granted again.
Coming from director Lenny Abrahamson, who gave us the delightfully strange film Frank, Room is an adaptation of the 2010 book by Emma Donoghue, who also wrote the screenplay for the film. It is, simply put, one of the most “must see” dramas of the year. Everything comes together on this movie like the brilliant cast and flawless direction with a heartfelt and powerful script, this is easily the most astonishing film I’ve seen this year.
The film is told from the point of view of Jack, a little boy celebrating his fifth birthday. He lives in a home with his Ma but this home is a ten by ten box, Jack’s entire world, which he calls Room. It’s all he’s ever known besides a skylight and the TV where he watches episodes of Dora the Explorer among other episodic shows.
It’s probably best to leave my story synopsis there just to give you the organic experience of letting this film wash over you like it did me. Abrahamson’s vision and direction of young actor Jacob Tremblay’s performance is masterful, as Tremblay gives a hopefully Oscar nominated performance. He is absolutely riveting in this movie, playing beautifully off Brie Larson who plays Jack’s Ma in the film and does an equally as impressive job.
As we are entering the award season, I definitely feel this one has to be the little film that makes a big impression. Room is without a doubt one of the most important movies of the year. It is a film you will talk about incessantly after you finish wiping the tears from you face. This is what true cinema is all about. Room is a perfect film, a five out of five.