If there is one movie I am rooting for during the Academy Awards this year, it is Room. Whereas most of the other ‘Oscar-movies’ I have seen so far have been good, this one is simply phenomenal. Even after watching it numerous times, it still holds up just as well as the first time.
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Lead actors: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, Sean Bridgers
Score: Stephen Rennicks
Firstly, I loved the screenplay of the movie a lot. It was written by Emma Donoghue who also wrote the novel of the same name. I have not yet read the book but I am definitely planning to because I am curious to see how similar or different it is. But back to the movie. I half expected the first part of the movie, the part where Joy and Jack are still in Room, to be a bit dull or monotonuous because you cannot really imagine a lot of exciting things happening in such a tiny, little shed. I could not have been more wrong though. Seeing the room and their day to day life through the eyes of Jack and seeing the amount of effort Joy puts into keeping her son healthy, entertained and learning is intriguing from start to finish. You go through so many feelings and tension already on such a small set and it truly goes to show how brilliantly this movie was written and directed.
I was very happy as well, to see that once Joy and Jack made it out of Room, this new part of their life was not sugar coated. I was half expecting the movie to become bright and happy and bubbly as soon as they were freed, but I was very relieved to see that it remained true to the realistic nature of the first part of the story. It was delightful yet also heartbreaking to see how the two characters reacted so differently to the outside world. It is a rollercoaster of emotions and it perfectly showcases the incredible acting skills of every single cast member. Brie Larson is deservedly winning awards all over the place for her role as Joy Newsome and the adorable Jacob Tremblay is already a force to be reckoned with. The interaction between the two of them is truly captivating!
Another aspect of the movie that I really liked is the production design. Especially the scenes in ‘Room’ genuinely make you feel as if you are in there with Joy and Jack. There are no fancy sets, costumes or hair and make-up in this movie, which makes it all the more realistic. That simplicity also returns in the score. It’s unpretentious yet beautiful and it does not disctract you from what is going on on screen. The cinematography perfectly suits the atmosphere of the movie as well and it sets the tone perfectly.
It is definitely the least flashy, action packed or outgoing movie to be nominated for a Best Movie Oscar this year, but in my humble opinion, it is the most deserving. This movie makes you feel so many different emotions throughout and it does not get boring for one second. It is a truly beautiful piece of art and it might just be one of my favorite movies to have been released in the past couple of years. I love it!