Room is the story of a 24-year-old woman who is raising her 5-year-old son in a 10×10 room because she has been help captive since she was 17. Jack is the name of her son, and “Ma” has kept the truth from Jack his entire life. He believes that “room” is the whole world and everything he sees through their skylight is outer space. When Jack and his mother escape their captor, Jack is thrown into a strange new place he never knew existed – the outside world.
Room is the kind of movie you watch once for the humanitarian aspect, but beyond that, I wouldn’t call it a work of entertainment. I can see some aspects of the movie being compared to last years Boyhood, however, Boyhood was simply a movie about a 6-year-old boy growing up and learning about life. Boyhood was emotional, but happy at times. Room is about a young boy who is discovering the real world for the first time, however, with the first hour of the movie being about a mother and son being held captive, it adds a truly different feel than Boyhood did.
Room is not only about the emotional aspects created from this unique and tragic situation, but it is also about the performances. Brie Larson, who up to this point was known only for comedic roles, gives an solid performance as the mother of Jack. However, I think it is Jacob Tremblay who steals the show as Jack. He is special, emotional, real and raw in his role as a young boy discovering a new world around him. He reminds me of Quvenzhane Wallis (from Beasts of the Southern Wild) in his depth and diverse nature at such a young age. Both these actors will be spoken about come award season for sure!
As a movie goes, as I mentioned before, Room is not an “entertainment” piece because of the emotional journey the audience takes. It is a tale of 2 halves as the first hour is the experience the 2 characters face trapped in the room and the second hour is how they cope with returning to civilized life. It surely is something different and special that stands out on its own, but for many, this will not be a movie that is enjoyed. Enter this movie with caution as it is quite raw and realistic, but if you can appreciate the message, Room can be quite rewarding. Co-starring Joan Allen, William H. Macy, Tom McCamus and Sean Bridgers.
7/10 Stars – A raw and emotional look at what happens when a child is exposed to the world for the first time. Might not be true “entertainment” but the acting is suburb and memorable!