Friday Film: “Room”

What would you think of your life if you were trapped inside one tiny room for the most part of it without knowing how the world is outside of it? And, what exactly happened to these two that had them living like this?

 

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The film for which Brie Larson won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role, “Room,” is the 2015 drama/thriller film, which left us all with tears in our eyes. The movie is based on Emma Donoghue’s book of the same name while she was also the screenwriter of the film. Lenny Abrahamson directed this beauty, successfully depicting what Donoghue imagined in her book, captivating every point made behind the entire plot, at the same time. He has also worked on various other films, including “Frank,” “Garage,” and “Adam & Paul.”

Ma (Brie Larson,  “Kong: Skull Island,” “Short Term 12,” “The Spectacular Now) is living with her son, Jack (Jacob Tremblay,  “Before I Wake,” “The Book of Henry,” “Wonder), inside a small Room. Jack was born inside the Room, and he has no knowledge of the outside world. Ma has created an entire universe within the Room, only for Jack. Why are they trapped inside this Room? Will they ever succeed in leaving this place?

201602291eRoomscreens.ae988Room” is split in half, describing two timelines of the story. When you start watching this film, you have no idea what to expect whatsoever. The world Ma has created for her son gives viewers the impression that the film is centered on some form of dystopia they have to accept as the main concept of the plot –something like Lanthimos’ film “The Lobster” movie. Right before the second half begins, the movie is transformed into this suspenseful thriller, something that adds up to the dramatic tone of the film up to that point. To top it all off, the second half of the “Room” aims at creating more thoughts to the viewer regarding the psychological part behind such a gruesome living situation.

As far as the acting is concerned, Jacob Tremblay was only nine years old when he starred in “Room.” But, his excellent skills in acting capture the heart of the viewer from the very first moment. In fact, the entire plot is based on his performance, since his situation has to make people sympathize with him. On the other hand, Brie Larson’s acting is so impressive that the “Room” won her an Academy Award for her performance in it. She is setting the foundations needed for the audience to fully sense the tragedy behind their situation and how this is affecting Jack’s life –a kid’s life. Those two are carrying the entire film and its plot, to be honest.

Room” is one of the best drama movies that do not involve a romantic love story, a family with issues or someone dying from some disease. Watch this plot-twisting film and find out what is going on with this “Room.”

 

I will be back next Friday with another one of my favorite movies that you must watch.

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