Cert: 15 Runtime: 118 mins Director: Lenny Abrahamson Cast: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, Tom McCamus, William H.Macy and Sean Bridgers
When I was small, I only knew small things. But now I’m five, I know everything!
Room has gathered a lot of attention this awards season mainly for Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay. I will be whole heartedly honest I had no interest in watching this film. But we must soldier on with cinema and I finally have watched it. Lenny Abrahamson did impress me with Frank a few years ago, this is such a different film. So what is Room about? Ma (Brie Larson) lives within the confines of a single room with her young son Jack (Jacob Tremblay). For Jack, Room represents the entire universe and Ma loves him deeply. However, as the boy reaches his fifth birthday she soon takes a big risk by allowing Jack to escape into the outside world. Afterwards, a remarkable emotional journey begins for both mother and son as their lives change forever through exposure to the world beyond Room.
This is complete award bate in my opinion. Room is a very thought provoking film and it does tug on your heart strings a lot. The perspective of a child is such a humbling view, focusing on telling the dark and in more ways than one horrific story through the eyes of the innocent and impressionable Jack.Abrahamson finds himself directing many of Room’s proceedings as though they were being seen through the eyes of a 5 year old child just as Jack is. Utilising a sparring yet effective voice over from the young boy that tells us all we need to know about how he sees the life he lives and constructing impressive visuals even in the films tight surrounds, this is Abrahamson’s real calling card after two commendable early efforts and the cast also join Abrahamson in an reaching another level of success.
She may have just recently won a Golden Globe for her committed and believe able turn as a loving mother but Brie Larson has been carving out a noteworthy collection of films over the last few years so the true breakout of Room is young Tremblay. Tremblay delivers a deep and beyond his young years turn as Jack and it’s thanks to this child actors success that Room becomes the film that’s been resonating with audiences the world over. While Larson will be billed as the star here it is Tremblay that carries the film through its sometimes murky middle half and whenever he and Larson share the screen, Room is an often faultless exercise in dramatic film-making. Room is a unique and emotionally strong tale of the bond mothers and sons share and in a strange yet touching manner, a tale of what it means to be alive in this great big beautiful world we call home.