Movie Review: Room (2015)

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Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Starring: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, Joan Allen
Genre: Drama
Rating: 15
Plot Summery: ‘Room’ tells the extraordinary story of Jack, a spirited 5-year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted mother. Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories.

Their life, however, is anything but typical–they are trapped–confined to a 10-by-10-foot space that Ma has euphemistically named Room. Ma has created a whole universe for Jack within Room, and she will stop at nothing to ensure that, even in this treacherous environment, Jack is able to live a complete and fulfilling life.

But as Jack’s curiosity about their situation grows, and Ma’s resilience reaches its breaking point, they enact a risky plan to escape, ultimately bringing them face-to-face with what may turn out to be the scariest thing yet: the real world (taken from IMDb)


Review: I read the book of, ‘Room‘ a good while ago now and I really struggled with it. Mainly the fact that the entire thing was written from Jack’s 5 year-old point of view but I was still interested to see the film and how they managed to translate such an unusual storyline onto the big screen. I’m a sucker for film adaptations anyway so I was quite excited for this – despite the fact the book wasn’t for me.

I thought the film was brilliantly done and I thoroughly enjoyed it, ten-fold more than the book. Although Jack is narrating some of it, it doesn’t solely focus on Jack’s narration – which for me, worked a lot better. Getting quick snippets into Jack’s mind and mentality but not relying on it in order to move the story forward. Spoiler alert from here onwards.

I honestly can’t remember an awful lot about the book – I can’t remember what they took out or left in or whether they made bits up for the film but I loved how they unintentionally split the film into two halves: the first half being spent in room and the second half, after having escaped, trying to navigate the outside world. It was fascinating to see Jack try and get to grips with absolutely everything that was new to him. Which was practically everything.

Brie Larson is a beautiful actress, I’ve always been a big fan of hers and she played Joy, ‘Ma’, perfectly. She portrays her sensitivity and devotion to Jack as well as her frustration and desperation towards the situation spot on. I also thought Jacob Tremblay who played Jack did a fantastic job too as I can imagine it was a difficult role to play. Overall, I was dead impressed with the film. Whether you’ve read the book or not, definitely worth a watch.

Have you seen or read, ‘Room’? What did you think?

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6 thoughts on “Movie Review: Room (2015)

  1. I watched it for the first time a couple of days ago and I loved it so much! I haven’t read the book but I really want to. Jacob Tremblay is just the best little actor and such an adorable kid too, he’s so cute when he gives speeches at awards ceremonies and things!

  2. Like you, i really didn’t like the book and couldn’t really get into it very well, so i was a bit iffy towards the film and whether i would like it (i usually choose the books over the movie adaptions) but i loved this film a whole lot more than the book, it was very well done 🙂

  3. This is my favourite film on the year. Masterfully directed and acted and I was emotionally wrecked afterwards. I’ve not had a chance to read the book yet but here it’s fantastic!

  4. I loved both the book and film. I read the book early in January but didn’t get to see the film until 2 or 3 months later, which felt like a long wait since I was so excited for it.
    I thought the adaptation was very true to the book and both lead actors played their parts amazingly.
    I would recommend both the book and film to anyone who hasn’t read/watched yet. Loved the story in both forms.

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