This review will be brief as I have Star Wars events to plan and get ready for, but I have to give Room some love as it is - based off of the movies I have seen this year thus far - undoubtedly the best film of 2015. Once upon a time a girl is kidnapped, tortured, impregnated and kept in a room for seemingly the rest of her life. With her five year old they eventually escape, but at what cost? What are the ramifications of such an event, and is it possible not to bawl your eyes out while watching this movie? The answer to the last question is no.
Let it be known to the court I have been a “lover” of Brie Larson for some time (Insert Evidence: A,B, C, and D for the jury). If you don't know who she is, you are not alone. Though hopefully you'll take the time to look into some of her early works now, particularly Short Term 12, which I still believe is the best film to come out in 2013. She deserves all the attention in the world just for that performance alone, but more so than ever here in Room, as Brie Larson - playing Joy Newsome, though more simply titled “Ma” - once again shows off such rare talent we almost never get to see on screen. There is such a believability and naturalism in her performance as has always been the case with her. She nails every facial expression and every emotion needed from her, that we just get lost in the rhythm of her performance as if we are watching a documentary following around this character.
That is not the only character worth following in Room as the young Jacob Tremblay, playing Jack Newsome, delivers possibly the finest child performance I have ever seen on screen. Much of the film is seen from his eyes and to the benefit of the entire story. There is an utter wonder and terrifying type of reality that can exist in a child's eyes and having the bravery to tell that experience is one of the many reasons this film is so special. One couldn't do that though without the intense vulnerability and believability from such a young performer. Somehow though - whether it be the aid of Brie Larson, the brilliant script, utter talent, or a combination of all of these - Jacob Tremblay pulls it off. There is a such innocence, strength, and even hilarity in his performance that it is near impossible not to watch the movie and feel like a changed person walking out.
Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay's chemistry though is where something beautiful takes a turn to being on the level of masterpiece that I am not fit to describe. All I can say is that this deep bond between the two, combined with one of the most intelligent stories and brilliantly constructed cinema I have seen all year, brought tears to my eyes more than once. I really can't give this movie and these performances enough love. What I will say is that if you have not seen Room, and you are a true lover of great film, what are you waiting for?
Personal Preference: 5/5
Critical Analysis: 5/5