Cert: 15 Director: Lenny Abrahamson Running Time: 118 mins
Cast: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, Joan Allen, William H. Macy, Tom McCamus
Let me start by saying that it is an absolute travesty that Jacob Tremblay wasn’t nominated for an Oscar. Room is the story of Joy ‘Ma’ Newsome and her son, Jack who are both held captive in a shed, which they regard as ‘Room’. The beautiful cinematography, heart-warming screenplay, and most importantly, the captivating acting from Brie Larson and Tremblay makes for an unforgettable film which I think will be the big winner this awards season.
Jacob Tremblay is only nine, yet his performance in this film rivals many of the actors nominated this year. Again, he was robbed by the Academy. Tremblay displayed so much emotion without ever over-acting, which only few child actors, in my opinion, achieve fully. Jack is a little boy who has experienced more than most people ever will, while also having no experience of the world. Tremblay manages to balance these aspects amazingly while also being such a little cutie. I mean that hair was to die for.
Brie Larson deserves the best actress award, and if she doesn’t win I will be writing a very heated letter to every voting member of the academy. Larson is captivating as the 24 year old Joy who has to balance her depression, her resentment towards the time she has lost in Room, while trying to be a good mother, and trying to survive. Larson effortlessly manages to balance all these aspects of her character in a very real way, which is both tragic and heart-warming to watch.
You go through such an emotional rollercoaster while watching Room. I’m pretty sure the rest of the audience both empathised and hated my anxious mumbling throughout the film. However, you come out of the film feeling a huge amount of warmth, which I think was helped by the final song in the score which was really uplifting.
Altogether, Room is a spectacular film, which made for a very memorable viewing experience.
I give Room a…
9 1/2 out of 10!!!!!!!!!!!