Another review for an Oscar-nominated movie- one I watched over a week ago and am just getting around to reviewing. My bad.
Room is the story of a young woman (Brie Larson) and her son who are being held captive by a mysterious man. Eventually they escape and try to start a new life in a world she hasn’t seen in 7 years, and the boy has never seen.
This movie is not fun to watch at all. That doesn’t mean it isn’t good, it’s very good. But the imagery and idea of being held captive in a single room is disturbing to think about. Brie Larson does a great job of portraying that. She’s fantastic in this movie, almost unrecognizable from previous movies I’ve seen her in. The little boy also does a great job, even if he is a bit annoying to me most of the time. The movie is basically 2 movies in one, with the first half showing them held captive, and the second half showing them adapting to the world. This gives it a weird pace that takes some getting used to, but didn’t necessarily bother me too much. It’s a very thought provoking and interesting film that really sticks with you after watching it.
That being said, it isn’t perfect. It feels a little dragged out at times and doesn’t always feel like it has a direction it’s going. I wasn’t a huge fan of the way they handled the captor. The initially made it feel like they were never going to show his face and then show him pretty early on. I think for tension’s sake they shouldn’t have shown him fully until much later. Also, some of the characters we meet in the second half are underdeveloped and we don’t really know who they are or what their motives are. Although now that I think about it, that might be the point. Maybe we are supposed to see the situation through the eyes of Brie Larson’s character, having not seen these people in years.
Regardless of any small problems I may have with it, this is still a really good movie worth checking out. It isn’t the most exciting movie in the world and it is a bit hard to watch at times. It has an interesting story and some great acting that keep you invested. I’ll give Room a 4/5.