Another week, another Oscar contender. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson and written by Emma Donoghue (adapted from her own best selling book) Room has four Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actress. But is it really an award worthy film?
Jack (Jacob Tremlay) has lived in Room all his life. He spends his days with his beloved Ma (Brie Larson) and the only other person that ever comes to Room is Old Nick (Sean Bridges). Jack is content with his life in Room, but just after his fifth birthday Ma reveals that there’s a world outside Room, one they need to get back to.
I read the book Room a couple of years ago and I’m pleased to say that the film has done the book justice. Donoughue has successfully managed to recreate the world of her novel and the characters of Jack and Ma feel as real on the screen as they did on the page. Having a dark subject matter seen through the eyes of a small child is difficult to pull off, so praise must go to director Abrahamson for getting the best performance from his young actor.
As for Tremlay himself, he has the perfect mixture of childlike wonder, niavity and his relationship with Larson’s Ma breaks your heart. Considering he’s in practically every scene it’s a lot of pressure on such young shoulders but he gives an authentic performance as a child who has grown up in such extream and difficult circumstances. As for Larson, there isn’t much to say that hasn’t been said by everyone else, she’s brilliant and fully deserving of the many awards she has won already. Surely if she doesn’t win an Oscar it will be a travesty? Her Ma is full of strength, bravery but also a vunerable and slightly damaged person.
Considering I was either in tears or on the verge of tears during the entire film, room is can be difficult to watch, probably even more difficult for those who have kids, young or older. So the subject matters of abduction, rape and imprssionment will be difficult for some to watch. But if you do watch it Room is a rewarding movie that will stay with you long after you leave the cinema.
Rating 4.5/5 -an emotional and ultimately uplifting movie about human bravery and strength