Review: ‘Room’ Movie

by Tiffany Sankey (@tiffanysankey_)

LENNY Abrahamson’s adaptation of the 2010 novel ‘Room’, by Emma Donoghue, has made its mark in world of film, with thanks to Brie Larson and nine year old Jacob Tremblay. Expect to feel endless emotions upon the first viewing.

Before expressing the pure love and adoration for this film, it’s only fair to point out that the lead actors, Larson and Tremblay, are an absolute credit to both the film and the representation of the characters, given by Donoghue. The pair faced a number of challenges when it came to filming Room. In an interview with Hollywood Reporter, Larson revealed that she “had trouble” adapting to working in such a confined space.

However, the duo rose above their issues and created a formative bond which definitely created a certain likeability factor. Inspired by true events, the film shows the tragic story of a mother and son held captive, paralleled with the aftermath of young and forced parenthood and the obliviousness 5 year-old Jack (Tremblay) has with the world outside of ‘Room’.

The film begins with a grey-wash and a great sense of melancholy. Born into ‘Room’, Jack is brought up to believe in only the things he can physically see and feel. The sense of entrapment is maintained with the lack of light and the space Ma (Larson) and her son have in ‘Room’; the film creates an aura of inhumanity which is also inflicted upon viewing.

The film successfully builds two separate worlds; one being inside ‘Room’ and one being outside – the nature of the juxtaposition is somewhat haunting yet beautiful. The occurring back and forth of these two ‘worlds’ is enough to keep anyone interested.

The bond between the mother and son is inevitable and that alone makes the film quite emotional – it is something that is emphasised consistently. Larson and Tremblay seem to have a natural relationship which will, in no doubt, gain them numerous awards.

Not only is the cast and script almost flawless, it would be outrageous to ignore the fact that the visuals of this film are utterly mesmerising. Cinematographer Danny Cohen, known for his work on films such as The King’s Speech, Les Misérables and The Danish Girl, created an ethereal world out of ‘Room’.

Room is truly captivating and definitely worth the watch.