Five-year-old Jack (Jacob Tremblay) has only known life in a small room. Living with his Ma (Brie Larson), they soon leave the only environment he’s ever known to make a thrilling discovery.
Having taken the London Film Festival by storm last year, Room finally arrives in the UK and delivers a moving journey that strikes a deep emotional chord. I implore you to try and not to read too much about this film beforehand – the experience becomes all the richer as a result. Director Lenny Abrahamson does a remarkable job bringing Emma Donoghue’s seminal novel to life, thanks largely to two of the best performances you’ll see in 2016.
Brie Larson is exceptional as a mother forced to bring up her young son Jack (a sensational Jacob Tremblay) inside a small room. She manages to be uplifting and heartbreaking in equal measure and the chemistry with Tremblay is astonishing. Without doubt a talent to look out for, Tremblay is totally captivating as young Jack and is the beating heart of the film. Elsewhere, there are strong supporting turns for Joan Allen, William H. Macy and Sean Bridgers but I won’t delve too much into their back-stories for fear of spoilers.
The film has a very distinct visual style that compliments the themes of the story and the progression of the characters. At the start, a closed style of filming keeps everything tight and condensed. This allows us to really get absorbed into the characterisation of the film. When things progress, the movie is then diffused through a more expansive lens – something that perfectly envoys the journey of Ma and Jack.
Expect this to be a big awards-season dark horse with both Larson and Tremblay on truly sensational form. Both are shining examples of their respective generations in Abrahamson’s affecting ode to writer Emma Donoghue’s moving story of fear, love, despair and hope. Already an unmissable drama for 2016.
Cast: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, Joan Allen, William H. Macy Director: Lenny Abrahamson Writer: Emma Donoghue (novel), Emma Donoghue (screenplay) Released By: StudioCanal Certificate: 15 Duration: 118 mins Release Date: 15th January 2016