I am awash in the afterglow of watching a movie that I just absolutely loved. Room is one of the most beautiful movies I have ever seen.
Room stars Brie Larson as a woman who was abducted at the age of 17 and is kept in a backyard shed and sexually assaulted by her capture. She has a son named Jack (played brilliantly by Jacob Tremblay) who is 5 years old at the start of the movie. Brie Larson, whose character’s real name we find out is Joy, tells her young son stories to make their existence tolerable. She tells him that “room” is all there is. Now that he is five, she figures he is old enough to handle the truth. She tells him about the real world and what actually happened to her, but it overwhelms him since “room” is all he has known and he is quite happy there. She works out a plan for their escape which involves Jack hiding in a rolled up rug, escaping and finding help. The scene of Jack seeing the outside world for the first time is incredible. That scene alone should have garnered him a nomination for best supporting actor in my opinion. Once the pair is rescued the movie only gets better. It is so believable. At first Joy is so happy to be back in the real world, but Jack is completely overwhelmed and just wants to go back to “room”. As time goes by, Jack starts to embrace the outside world while it all starts to cave in on Joy. I found every character and every situation in this movie so believable – from Joy to Jack to the policemen who find Jack to Joy’s parents who are reunited with her.
The movie is just a reminder of how strong a mother’s love is, the resiliency of children and family and how harsh this world we live in can be. While it has a very disturbing premise, it is a beautiful movie from start to finish. I highly recommend seeing it. Room is nominated for 4 Oscars (Best Picture, Best Actress (Brie Larson), Best Director (Lenny Abrahamson), and Best Adapted Screenplay.)