Directed by Lenny Abrahamson
Starring Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen and William H. Macy
After I saw Captain Marvel I became curious about Brie Larson and what other films she has made. And I found that she starred in a film that I wanted to see but never got round to seeing it. That film was Room, a performance that won her an Oscar for Best Actress.
The movie is about a woman who has been held captive for seven years and in captivity she has a son. She tries to make that Room something magical for her son to keep him away from the reality that they are being held captive. When he turns five, she decides to tell him the truth about the outside world in hopes that both of them together can escape. After they escape both of them struggle to survive in the outside world. Joy finds out her parents are divorced and her mother had a new husband or partner, and her father just could not accept Jack as his grandson, I imagine knowing his father was the one that took their daughter away. After a series of events, both Joy and Jack are able to leave Room behind and start a new life.
What a heartbreaking film to see, to see the evil of people. And also beautiful to see how love can slowly heal and save someone. The real power of the film is in the struggle of Jack in relating to the real world, how his grandma and her partner helped Jack to slowly relate to them and change the life he knew in Room. For me the most heartbreaking scene is where Jack asks to return to Room and says goodbye to all they had in the shed.
It was a beautiful performance by Brie Larson, and also by Jacob who played her son. They both played those characters with a real emotion. I liked that the film did not focus most of the time on their captivity, rather the focus of the film was how they interacted with the outside world.