Directed by Lenny Abrahamson
Jack is a young boy of 5 years old who has lived all his life in one room. He believes everything within it are the only real things in the world. But what will happen when his Ma suddenly tells him that there are other things outside of Room?
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★★★½ review by davidehrlich on Letterboxd
an unsettling, potent & increasingly sensitive nightmare about the worlds parents make w/ their kids. Brie Larson = FIRE. i just wish Lenny Abrahamson was as good with his camera as he is with his cast.
★★★★★ review by Lucy on Letterboxd
i cried so much that i'm now dying from dehydration
★★★½ review by SilentDawn on Letterboxd
Room begins and ends with two tremendous, tender performances and one evolving relationship. Nothing else matters when the camera focuses on them, mainly because Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay fill every space, whether large or small, with the same loving affection for the story they're telling and a continuous, truthful intimacy.
The issues with Room, are basically, everything else. Lenny Abrahamson's direction fits at first but he soon tries to tell a calculated style of evolution visually, and it doesn't work. In general, the second half, as gentle and gradually moving as it is, feels wonky and disjointed. Also disappointing is the score by Stephen Rennicks, which flourishes through predictable beats, rising to the role of sappiness when the direction decides to go for a more deliberate approach.
In a film with lesser roles in front of the camera, these issues would've collapsed the entire foundation that Abrahamson created in the first half. However, these aren't "lesser" roles but bold and softhearted achievements. Room isn't just saved by its performances, It IS these performances, and sometimes that's enough.
★★★★★ review by Katie on Letterboxd
"Ma and I decided that because we don't know what we like, we get to try everything. There are so many things out here. And sometimes it's scary, but that's okay because it's still just you and me." 😩
★★★★ review by Tasha Robinson on Letterboxd
Such a visually and emotionally striking film. The marketing botched the tension by giving away far too much, but the film itself is a real experience. This feels like what The Lovely Bones was trying to be: Emotional, evocative, and intimate.
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