A wonderful drama split into two distinct halves that are captivating, enthralling and tear-jerking in equal measure.

The film follows Joy (Brie Larson) a girl who was kidnapped and held hostage in a highly secured garden shed which she refers to as ‘Room’. In Room she gives birth and raises a child Jack (George Tremblay). Jack, who is five at the time the film is set, has no understanding of the outside world other than the images he has seen on TV and a large part of the film is about his adjustment to reality.

The first half of the film is an emotional thriller about the two characters being trapped inside Room. Every second of this is filled with tension and drama as we are thrown right into the situation and are able to see the world from young Jack’s eyes as he tries to comprehend the situation he is in. This half gets you on the edge of your seat and keeps you there as you try and figure out how and if the characters will escape this awful situation.

Then the film shifts tone as we see the psychological after-effects of the kidnapping and discover reality, as a child would see it for the first time. The thriller element of the opening half drops away and leaves us with a pure emotional drama centered on characters we truly care for. The change works wonderfully and you leave the film in a state of poignant thoughtfulness, the events and emotions remaining with you for some time.

Much of the emotion comes from the fantastic performances by both Larson and Tremblay. Tremblay given his age and the role he was asked to play is simply astounding as you feel every emotion he does and truly believe that is how a child would react in his situation. This film is just wonderful to watch in every sense.

 

Room is a wonderful film that even if it doesn’t wind up winning the Best Picture Oscar (which from the nominated films I’ve seen so far it should), will stand the test of time and remain in the memory of every viewer for a long time afterwards.

 

9/10