It is perhaps worth nothing that all I knew about this movie before coming into it was this: A little boy has lived with his Mother in one room since he was born, and has never seen anything of the outside world.
And I’m so glad that’s all I knew.
Somehow, I evaded all spoilers for a whole 5 years. (10 years if you count the release of the novel on which it based). If you know nothing, like me, congratulations. You are now ready to watch this movie.
Unsurprisingly, what stands out the most – aside from the unique story line – is Brie Larson. This is the movie that properly catapulted her into the category of “brilliant actresses of our generation”, and the Academy awarded her as such by giving her the Best Actress Oscar for Room the following year. Of course I already loved her before watching this because she’s Captain freakin’ Marvel. But now I truly get it. This is a multi-faceted, powerhouse performance, and she ultimately deserved the win over other amazing actresses (including Cate Blanchett) that year.
Initially, I planned on using this as a “background movie” to run whilst I wrote another blog entry, but I just couldn’t take my eyes off it, particularly for the first half. At around the 53 minute mark, I felt so tense that I don’t recall the last time I felt as on edge as I did during that minute. (For reference, it involves a journey in a pick-up truck. I genuinely can’t say any more than that without spoiling anything).
Emma Donoghue, the book’s author and the film’s screenplay, deserves much more recognition than she has received for this. Amongst the literary community, Donoghue has seen recognition from many key literary prize boards, including being shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. However, she seems to be quite overlooked when it comes to the big screen, perhaps because this is her only mainstream screenplay. Well all I can say is, I hope she writes some more because this is outstanding.
Unfortunately I can’t give this a full 5Q rating, but only because I wasn’t as gripped by some parts than others (the second half in particular). I literally cannot say much else on that matter without ruining it for you… So all in all, this review was a bit pointless.
But go watch it anyway! (It’s available on Amazon Prime Video in the UK for your reference).
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