Cast: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, William H. Macy
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Length and Rating: 1h 58min R
Based on the Emma Donoghue’s bestselling novel of the same name, Room follows 5-year old Jack (Jacob Tremblay) and Ma (Brie Larson) and their daily activities in ‘room’. As we soon discover, ‘room’ and the items in it are the only things Jack and Ma have seen in a long time. Narrated through the perspective of Jack, the audience sees ‘room’ through his eyes, but also get an insight how Ma handles their predicament.
For fear of giving away the plot of the movie, the rest of this review will just be talking about the brilliance that is Jacob Tremblay. Tremblay steals the film, in every scene you see his efforts ability to capture the emotions of Jack. Making you go from laughing to crying in a single instance. His endearing observations and perceptions never come across as annoying or over-the-top. Capturing the hearts of audience members from beginning to end, one of the biggest questions the Academy needs to answer this year is why he was left off the Supporting Actor category.
Room is a can be a very difficult film to watch. There are things that Jack is shielded from but the audience is aware of what is happening. As a book-to-movie adaptation, the film follows the plot of novel almost exactly.
“When I was small, I only knew small things. But now I’m five, I know everything!” Jack (Jacob Tremblay)
Oscar Nominated For:
BEST PEFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS – Brie Larson
BEST DIRECTING – Lenny Abrahamson
BEST WRITING, ADAPTED SCREENPLAY – Emma Donoghue