Room 2015

Room is directed by Lenny Abrahamson and stars the fantastic Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay. Room is adapted from the 2010 Emma Donoghue novel, by the same name. The screenplay was also written by Donoghue and is her first feature film screenplay.Poster

The Story of Room is hard to describe without revealing spoilers and personally I feel other reviews and even the IMDB synopsis reveals too much. All I will say is that Brie Larson plays a 24 year old woman (Ma), who lives in a room with her 5 year old son, Jack (Jacob Tremblay). The story is told through Jacks perspective, who has lived in this room for his whole life. The rest of the story you will have to discover for yourself because for me, Room was a journey with these characters that had so much emotion and tension because you never new what could happen next.

Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay are outstanding and give two of the best performance of 2015. The relationship and chemistry between them you buy into immediately and you instantly care for both of them. Due to the unbelievably powerful performances of Larson and Tremblay, there were moments in this film when I thought I was going to be sick, cry or cheer at the screen. The best word to describe this film is emotional, it may be the most emotional film I have ever seen. It doesn’t just make you cry, there are moments of pure joy, fear, relief and even some humor.

I haven’t read Emma Donoghue’s Novel but will soon. Donoghue’s screenplay is fantastic. From the moment you enter the room you feel like you know these characters and you’ve been living with them for 7 years. Jack is one of my favorite characters of all time and is brought to life, right from the page to the big screen.

Director Lenny Abrahamson who did the 2014 hidden gem Frank, struck gold again with Room. The room that he creates feels so real and you truly believe that Ma and Jack have lived in it. The claustrophobic atmosphere created is so intense that at times it drains you in the best way possible. There is a part in the film where the atmosphere changes (trying to be vague) and at first I was worried that the film would change to much, but you soon realize that the direction it goes in is so surprising and unique for a film like this.

Room is in my opinion a masterpiece, I have seen it twice and on the second viewing I tried to find flaws but there just weren’t any. Room is definitely my favorite film and has my two favorite, Oscar worthy performances of the year. I may do an in depth, spoiler filled review so i can really delve into this beautiful film.

10/10

@rjreedfilms

 

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