Lenny Abrahamson’s Room defies audience expectation in its telling of the story of a mother and her five-year-old son existing in a single room. That her son, Jack, was born in captivity and knows nothing else but the four walls that surround him and what his mother tells him, guides the narrative beyond our natural assumptions. Room asks us to consider perceptions; perception of the world through the eyes of someone who has never experienced it; perception of others when the assumed normality ceases to exist; perception of family bonds and what drives us to push together or pull apart. The coping mechanisms constructed by individuals create barriers to be overcome, whether to the benefit or detriment of others and Room allows us to witness such behaviour.
This is an outstanding piece of cinema, anchored by simply captivating performances from Brie Larson as Joy and Jacob Tremblay as Jack. It comes as no surprise to see Ms Larson’s role garnering various nominations and a Golden Globe award. The revelation that is Jacob Tremblay sustains our gaze, not only in his wonderful performance but also in the use of his narration. That a child of this age is able to deliver to this level is astounding. Due acknowledgement must be given to the cast and crew for their support of this young actor to allow him to perform in such a way.
Room is yet another film to be released this month that is a must watch. I hope you find it as interesting and engrossing as I did.
Thank you for reading 🙂