Room is a 2015 drama film directed by Lenny Abrahamson, starring Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay. Based on the novel of the same written by Emma Donoghue and follows a woman (Larson) held captive for seven years in an enclosed space, and her 5-year-old (Tremblay), who finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.
- Great characters
- Great performances
- Great score
- Great direction
- Great script
Plot: Room is a story about a mother and her son who have been locked up in the captivity in a small shed. This story is very compelling especially the emotional turmoil that these two characters have to deal with both while being kidnapped as well as the aftermath. It goes at a slow pace utilizing the time to flesh out these characters. A great job of focusing on struggling within the shed as well as after they gain their freedom. (4 out of 5)
Characters: The characters are just fantastic. Joy (Larson) is a struggling woman who is just giving her all to make sure that her son survived in this very bad situation. Jack (Tremblay) is a very likeable character who grows throughout the progression of the film learning that this little world that he was born into is just a small portion of a great universe. And the chemistry between these two, this mother and son relationship, just makes them that much more relatable and that much more sympathetic. (5 out of 5)
Cast: Brie Larson did a fantastic job she was a great cast for this role. She definitely brought out some emotional it’s that made her character that much stronger that much more fleshed-out. Jacob Tremblay is just fantastic. Larson and Tremblay have great chemistry together. Cast includes Joan Allen, Sean Bridgers, and William H. Macy. (4 out of 5)
Visuals: The film has a great look to it it is highly appealing. And although some shots are actually really simple they manage to be very impactful. (3 out of 5)
Score: The score is just great beautifully crafted definitely tough at the emotional strings. Definitely sets the tone for the more dramatic elements of the film. That’s one sequence where the music picks up and it’s just filled with Wonder. (4 out of 5)
Writing: Directing is just great and Lenny Abrahamson deserves a thumbs up. The script was well-paced, well-written and the execution was just great. Even the dialogue was actually good. There are few book to film adaptations that are actually worth a damn but Room hits the mark. (4 out of 5)
The Verdict: In the end, Room is just a great feeling all around. For some viewers the pacing is slow but the compelling story, the great characters, the great direction, and the terrific performances make this movie a must see. There is drama there is excitement there is emotion and this film just lands it terrifically. Room gets 4 out of 5.