Friday, July 22, 2016

Amazon Prime Movie Review: Room (2015)

Room (2015) - Directed by Lenny Abrahamson; Written by Emma Donoghue; Starring Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridges, Joan Allen, William H. Macy.

By Kenny Howell

One of the hardest things about parenting is thinking and planning how to deal with explaining to your child that there are horrible things in the world.

Having to see them deal with the new information can be agonizing, or at least even the thought of them having to deal with it. I can't count how many times a day the fear of something happening to your child or having them confronted with something awful goes through my mind.

Being able to relate to that makes Room horribly devastating. It plays out a nightmare of a situation. Brie Larson, who is deservedly won an Oscar for this role, plays Ma, a woman who was kidnapped seven years ago as a teenager and has been kept locked in a shed all of that time. In that time, she is repeatedly sexually assaulted, one of those incidents results in the birth of her son, Jack.

When we meet Ma and Jack, it is Jack's fifth birthday. After we introduced to their world, a tiny room in which they have been all those years, we see Ma begin to plan a way out. After successfully escaping, Ma and Jack most adapt to world outside the room. For Jack, it is a whole new world, that is overwhelming and frightening, and you want to leap on the screen and help him through it.

Though Room does feel a bit rushed, the genuine moments they get from Ma and Jack are touching, devastating, hopeful, tragic, and just about every other feeling every parent feels everyday. Larson and Tremblay are excellent, and it is a shame that Tremblay didn't get nominated for an Oscar like his co-star. The two are a fantastic on screen pair, and I don't think the movie is as effective without both of them performing at the top of their game.

Room is now streaming on Amazon Prime.

Rating: ***1/2

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