Love knows no boundaries.
The excellent Brie Larson (Short Term 12) leads this harrowing drama as a mother trapped in a windowless, 10-by-10-foot enclosure with her five-year-old son Jack. From the director of Frank and What Richard Did. Based on the award-winning novel by Emma Donoghue. Donoghue came to the story after learning about the victims in the Fritzl case.... More
To shield her child from the horrible reality of the situation, she playfully names their confinement ‘Room’ and conjures a whole new world for Jack. But when her composure starts to break, and his curiosity about ‘Room’ grows, only one option becomes available to them – breaking free.Hide
BY Dominic Corry Flicks Writer
Irish director Lenny Abrahamson, who made his mark with 2012's underappreciated thriller What Richard Did, follows up 2014's festival favourite Frank with this sensitive adaptation of Emma Donoghue's novel. A much more direct cinematic experience than the intriguing-but-inscrutable Frank, Room leans in to its harrowing subject matter and delivers an uplifting and rewarding tale of love and resilience.... More
Abramson maintains an authentic sense of hope amongst some pretty awful eventualities, which helps the film elevate itself beyond the potentially TV movie-ready plot.
Brie Larson holds nothing back as the ostensible lead. She's phenomenal, and very much deserving of the Oscar, but Jacob Tremblay's performance as her son Jack is so stunning, he more or less asserts his own status as the film's actual protagonist. He really should've been nominated along with her. Tremblay's frankly incredible composure carries the story through every hurdle, and allows the film to slide into his head with disarming ease.
Many filmmakers attempt to harness the perspective of a child, but Abrahamson really achieves something special in this regard. He forces the viewer to evolve with along Jack, and the child's sense of wonderment is as palpable as his fears.
It helps make Room a much nicer cinematic experience than, say, Bad Boy Bubby.Hide
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BY Booper superstar
Loved this film despite the depressing subject matter. Brie Larson is so convincing in her role, I was full of emotion and on the edge of my seat the entire time. Nice to have a not strictly Hollywood ending.
Since seeing the film I have read the book - this is a great adaptation that in my opinion is better than the book. Very deserving Oscar win for Larson
BY RealityCheck superstar
Genre : Drama, Becoming film
2/5 : I got really lost at the start, and maybe just... More way to emotionally challenging for a Saturday night flick.Hide
BY JackWallace superstar
Jacob Tremblay, who plays Joy's 5-year-old son Jack, is also excellent. It's best to walk into Room cold like I did, avoid reading anything... More about the plot. The film is brilliantly written. Joy and Jack's relationship is so believable. Room pulls the heart strings at times, I really enjoyed it. Recommended. Grade: B+Hide
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