"Room" is directed by Lenny Abrahamson and is written by and based off of Emma Donoghue’s novel of the same name. In it, a mother (Brie Larson) and her son (Jacob Tremblay) are imprisoned in a shed for X years.
What’s interesting about the story is that it’s from the perspective of the child which is done mostly with his narration and through the movie’s music. Sometimes they work very well with the movie and other times not so much as the music does feel like it can be a bit too much and the narration can get annoying. As far as the narrating is concerned, it dies down during the middle. I also need to mention that even though the narration is annoying, the kid who’s in this movie isn’t (at least not really). He’s not over the top or anything but he’s realistic to the point where you want him to be safe and stuff and it contributes to the amount of tears I may or may not have shed… shode? -shed during the movie.
The cast is strong with this one and I won’t say too much. But I will say that Brie Larson is one of the most under-appreciated actors ever and she’s able to provide the emotional anchor to the movie. Her chemistry with Tremblay is so real for the entire movie thanks to the strong, well-paced script by Donoghue herself. One thing I was puzzled by was this seemingly important subplot that was introduced but was never mentioned again. Weird.
The music by Stephen Rennicks is fine on its own but didn’t work at some points for me. There’s a moment where the movie is edited to just incorporate the music and this is fine at first but then it can get a bit predictable. The mixing that was done for the score can also get a noticeably too loud and tries to force the feels out of you like a person squeezing out the last of the their toothpaste from the tube.
"Room" is a really emotional movie. It’s not the easiest thing to watch and there are some elements that distract you from entire thing. But overall, it’s really good, extremely well acted and well worth your time.