Based on the best-selling novel by Emma Donoghue, who also wrote the screenplay for the movie, Room tells the story of Ma (Brie Larson) and her five year old son, Jack (Jacob Tremblay). For six years, Ma has been held captive in a garden shed that Jack has named 'room.' Jack has never seen the outside world, and as a matter of fact, doesn't even know it exists. Soon, however, an opportunity arrises for Jack to escape, and Ma takes it, setting her son free in the hopes that he'll come back for her. He does, and from here on out, the two must adjust to the real world, something Jack has never experienced before. Room is a moving and unforgettable experience that you will need to bring tissues for. I cried. Twice.
When the two of them are stuck in this room, it really gives the filmmakers a chance to flesh these characters out and get us invested in their lives, despite them really not doing much. It's a beautiful and quite captivating experience that's painstakingly emotional. Lenny Abrahamson, the man behind 2014's brilliant film, Frank, has managed to spend close to an hour with just two characters stuck in a room and he's made it some of the best cinema of 2015. His camera work is stellar and the story being told is an engaging one. If the second half was on the same level as the first, Room could just be one of the best movies of last year. Unfortunately it's not.
Now, I'm not saying that this second half is bad. It's far from it. I enjoyed it and the filmmaking on display is glorious, but I just can't say I enjoyed it as much as I did when they were in room. That being said, the performances in this movie are utterly magnificent. Brie Larson has never been better, and that's saying something. Her performance is full of raw emotion and authenticity and she deserves *almost* all the recognition she's been getting. I say almost as she did not deserve to win that Golden Globe. She's great and all, but did the voters even watch Carol? I saw that film for a second time today and Cate Blanchett steals that movie.