Room has definitely hit me right in the feels, so hard that I was literally frustrated that only Brie Larson won an Oscar for her role in the film.
The story follows a mother and son trapped inside a tiny room in which the son has never been out of – soon we learn the real reason why they’re inside there with the dark truth. Once escaping the room, they both have to adapt to the world outside of room and start to develop normal lives.
To call Room an emotional roller coaster would be an understatement because at times I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. It seems to lift you right to the peak of happiness and pull you right back down – just like real life does.
The cinematography of the film is astonishing. When you get the insight into Jack’s thoughts and feelings, you get grasped by his innocent. During his narration, we see the world through his eyes, including the bright colours of the world. I think by doing it through Jack’s eyes made it more emotional because the sympathy we feel is overpowering.
The performances 0f both Brie Larson (Joy) and Jacob Tremblay (Jack) worked together perfectly. I honestly felt robbed when both weren’t up for Oscars. To play a part so convincing at such a young age, I hope to see Tremblay in even more work in the near future because I think he can truly be a Hollywood sensation. The pair jelled together to bring the mother and son combination.
Music is simplistic throughout, to match the emotions of the characters involved. At key moments, sound was amazing including when young Jack manages to break free from Room and he has to make a run for it. Everything seems silent throughout the few minutes of running away which leaves the audience in sheer desperation for Jack to run faster and the panic commences. Another sound used throughout is the sound of the doors opening which made the audience feel like they were in that situation, trapped.
The tone changes constantly throughout so it’s hard to say what the film felt like because throughout the scenes when they are trapped inside Room then it’s mostly dark. Even when shown through Jack’s eyes, the innocence prevails so therefore we almost have a childlike outlook towards the whole ordeal.
I would recommend Room to anyone, but prepare yourself well in advance with plenty of tissues. Even though a rather sad film, I would say that the outcome altogether was uplifting towards the end. They both dealt with the situation tremendously.
Easily one of the best films I’ve seen in a long time, watch it!