Review: ‘Room’ (2015)

One aspect of filmmaking, perhaps one of the most important aspects, is the chemistry between the leads of the film. Without this, a project can be doomed to failure. In Room, this crucial element is overwhelmingly present, and brings a story of love and survival to life.

Based on the novel by Emma Donoghue, who also wrote the screenplay, Room follows the lives of Ma (Brie Larson) and her five-year-old son Jack (Jacob Tremblay), as they are held in a squalid shed which they call Room. We see the experiences of Jack as he ventures out of Room for the first time, to a range of new experiences, and the struggles of Ma as she tries to adjust to life again in the real world, after seven years of being held captive.

Room is nothing short of brilliant. The on-screen pairing of Larson and Tremblay is both emotional and loving, as we see both faced with life outside. Larson especially has great range at revealing the emotions of her character as time passes, as we follow a tense and sometimes harrowing story of survival. Room is undoubtedly an emotional film, bringing all that is crucial to create the perfect drama.

Brie Larson with her Best Actress Oscar for ‘Room’

The supporting cast includes Joan Allen and William H. Macy as the parents of Ma, and Sean Bridgers as the person holding them captive. The story is told is through the eyes of Ma and Jack, so everything we see if from their interactions with others and their experiences of the freedom they now have. Most importantly, their relationship and the bond between mother and son is played out beautifully on screen.

Brie Larson deservedly won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance, but why was Jacob Tremblay not nominated? With the clear talent that Tremblay possesses, it is unlikely to be long before we see his brilliant acting skills again on film.

With a script from the original author, and the directing style of Lenny Abrahamson, Room is beautiful, emotional, and a simply outstanding piece of cinema. Room is markedly the best film of 2015.

Room will be released on DVD on 9th May 2016.

Warning, this trailer is quite spoiler-ish!

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8 Responses to Review: ‘Room’ (2015)

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  3. theswitz says:

    Why wasn’t William H. Macy nominated for a supporting actor award? He definitely deserved one, and was probably on screen as much as Michelle Williams was in Manchester By The Sea, and she did get an Oscar nod!


    • That’s an interesting thought – perhaps the competition was too much for the 2016 ceremony? I agree that Macy was excellent in his very small role.
      Joan Allen and Jacob Tremblay weren’t nominated either, which is a shame. The entire cast of the film are clearly excellent!

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      • theswitz says:

        Tremblay would have easily beaten DiCaprio that year if he was nominated. Maybe someone decided that Leo was due and limited the competition….


        • Are you suggesting that the Academy Awards are… rigged!? You’re probably right – it was generally understood that DiCaprio was ‘due’ an Oscar.
          Maybe they need to expand the amount of nominees to over five people, like they have done for Best Picture.

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