Palace Como - Tuesday 26 January 2016, 1:30pm
Running time: 118m
Classification: M (Mature themes and coarse language)
Release date: 28/01/16
Rating: 10/10 (5/5 ME, 5/5 DP)
Life is a curious experience for 5 year old Jack (Jacob Tremblay), living in 'room' with his mother Joy (Brie Larson). Joy tries to make life as normal as possible for her son, but 'room' is a sound-proof garden shed in the backyard of Old Nick (Sean Bridgers) where Joy has been captive for 7 years since she was abducted as a 17 year old. When the pair finally find a way out they face a mountain of challenges; Joy connecting with the family who never gave up hope and Jack discovering a world he didn't know existed.
Room is an intense drama about the unbreakable will of a mother prepared to do anything for her son. The performances by the two leads are faultless and layered with both bringing a raw energy that lights up the screen. Joan Allen, William H Macy and Tom McCamus as Joy's patient family add to the complexity, with the simple act of learning to love Jack becoming a challenge. The cinematography and editing are stunning; the scenes in ‘room’ are tight and at times claustrophobic but allow just enough room for the relationship between Joy and Jack to play out with an engaging mix of innocence, frustration and impending doom.
Room doesn’t end up going through a legal drama or taking the story anywhere it doesn’t need to go. The humanness of the situation, the simplicity of a mother’s love and the wonder of the world are themes strong enough to maintain the 2 hours without any flat spots. It’s not a comfortable film and some of the scenes are quite confronting, but there is also a lot of joy here. There’s an interesting scene where Joy explains to the media what it took to protect her son, and there’s some insightful and careful dialogue about what it truly means to be a parent. It’s understandable that it’s received so many award nominations and deserves to do well at Oscar time. Highly recommended. (ME)
88th Academy Awards
2016 BAFTA Awards
5th AACTA International Awards
22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards
73rd Golden Globe Awards