Room Review

        Screen Shot 2016-02-27 at 9.18.00 PMSaving the best for last, Room is another fantastic entry from director Lenny Abrahamson who proves he can bounce from one genre to another presenting us with beautiful, relatable, emotional stories that will live and be praised forevermore. Room is an emotional gut-punch that analyzes unimaginable situations from a child’s perspective. Children, child actors are some of the most problematic aspects of films including them, this is the exception, what Lenny Abrahamson was able to do with Jacob Tremblay in sensational, reminiscent of what Bogdanovich did with Tatum O’Neal in Paper Moon, Room doesn’t just present us with one of the best child performances of the year, but rather one of the best performances of the year. Wise beyond his years Jacob Tremblay evokes a sense of naiveté and irrational anger mixed into one that struck me like no other performance from an adult this year. No other performance except young Tremblay’s spectacular co-star, Brie Larson. One of the most under-appreciated actresses working today, from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World too Short Term 12, Larson has delivered distinct, great performances every time she’s on screen, but she’s officially topped herself with vulnerable look at unexpected motherhood she had to portray in Room. William H. Macy is also in this film and delivers his lines as great as he always does, except he’s only the film for a scene, meanwhile Joan Allen really gets too show off her acting chops as she spends time with a grandchild she might not favor because of his arrival to this world. Questioning the world, the complexity of situations, assimilation, and nurturing Room does a fantastic job, but what I did not expect this film to go into was addressing, what it means to know your child is a product of rape as a mother, emotionally attached to the child, yet also victim to the bad memories the child might embody, whilst the film does a fantastic job analyzing all the situations I mentioned above, under the innocent view of a child overlooking family conversations and over-hearing things his mother says it is dealing with this issue from the child’s perspective that Room excels, treating the issue with care and presenting the viewer with such an emotional journey to accompany the study of said issues. With my review coming to an end, I must also mention the beautiful way in which Abrahamson decided to wrap up the film, if Toy Story 3 hadn’t stolen all my emotions on that sad night in 2010 I would’ve cried during this film’s finally as the reflective nature of the film befalls you whilst Tremblay and Larson’s view of Room and the World clash in the most eloquent manner in which both individuals seem to be learning something from each other with each word they articulate in this soul-gratifying finale that leaves you hoping for a smooth assimilation to society for Ma and Jack as Tremblay destroys you with one last view into the beauty of innocence. Now that I’ve concluded this review I must rank Room at an 89 out of 100 and before I finalize this I’m just announcing my Oscar Predictions Special will be released later today just in time for the ceremony to begin.

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