Review Of Room The Movie Directed By Lenny Abrahamson

Earlier last month I posted a competition in collaboration with Studio Canal to win a whole host of goodies inspired by the film Room, out this week (January 15th) by the acclaimed director Lenny Abrahamson. I have had an early ‘home screening’ of the movie and I can tell you it is one to keep you enthralled and there are outstanding performances from Brie Larson who plays Joy and Jacob Tremblay who plays her son Jack. It’s an emotional film which takes the viewer on quite a journey and at times I was tearful at the touching performances and script especially Jacob Tremblay, whose outstanding acting make you empathise so much with his character.  I would be very surprised if he didn’t win the awards he has been nominated for and he is certainly an actor to watch, at times you forget he was only nine when he made this film.

The story unfolds that Joy has been incarcerated by ‘Old Nick’ played by Sean Bridgers seven years ago, and has had a child Jack as a result. She was just 17 years old when she was kidnapped by Old Nick and Jack believes that the room they inhabit is all that there is in this world. The dismal and squalid room they live in is just four walls, no windows with one skylight, and although Jack is allowed to watch the TV, Joy (or Ma as Jack calls her) has convinced Jack that it is all magic or make believe and that all that there is in the world is the four walls that protect them and of course Old Nick. 

Room The Movie Review By My Family Ties Blog

The film is told in the eyes of Jack and through a series of life changing moments Jack and Ma discover a way out, away from Room and Old Nick. It is really captivating watching Jacob Tremblay convey his feelings as Jack seeing the world for the first time, a world he believed for all his five years was simply make believe. What follows is a tender portrayal of how relationships are healed when such a tragedy occurs, each character is brilliantly portrayed and the viewer is drawn in to feel his raw emotions. 

Without giving away the whole story and spoiling it for you, when you do go to see this movie take some tissues with you, it’s an emotional film and a cinematic triumph. The story does really captivate your imagination, and that is a sign of any good movie to draw you in and make you empathise and be taken on a journey through the portrayal of the characters.  Being a mum of a 9 year old only makes this film even more touching to me as I can imaging my own child and how she would feel in such a situation. 

The film concludes quite aptly when Ma and Jack return to their place of incarceration, where Jack still fondly thinks of as his only past home – Room. In fact the purpose built shed when they arrive seems so small to them and Jack wonders if it has indeed shrunk. Saying goodbye to Room seems to be for Jack and Ma, the beginning of their new life together, a life where they can embrace the world that has always been hidden and form new friendships and mend old ones. From the music, the cinematography to the wonderful acting this film had me spellbound to the end, a 2016 must see.  

The wonderful acting and brilliant writing make this film one to see this year, and if you get the chance to I would highly recommend watching. The film is released on January 15th and don’t forget to head to my competition page for a chance to win some merchandise from the movie plus a DVD pack from Studio Canal. To get an idea of the film take a look below at the trailer to see if it’s a movie you would like to see. 

Room The Movie Review By My Family Ties Blog
Room The Movie Review By My Family Ties Blog

* We were provided with the Room movie to watch at home for the purpose of this review. However all thoughts and opinions remain my own.*
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  1. January 13, 2016 / 11:03 am

    Thanks for the review. I am really looking forward to going to watch this film.

  2. Anonymous
    January 13, 2016 / 4:01 pm

    Margaret Clarkson
    Thank you for such an in depth review.

  3. January 13, 2016 / 11:25 pm

    This looks a really good film, the sort of thing I usually go for………

  4. January 15, 2016 / 2:19 pm

    this looks like a really good film. I will have to find it and watch it

  5. January 15, 2016 / 10:14 pm

    This review makes me want to go and see the film

  6. Susan B
    January 16, 2016 / 5:15 pm

    Most online reviews are too short but yours has some meat on the bones. Thank you!

  7. kim styles
    January 17, 2016 / 12:58 pm

    Great review- looking forward to seeing it

  8. January 19, 2016 / 8:45 am

    The book is amazing, so I am really looking forward to seeing the film!

  9. January 21, 2016 / 10:22 am

    Thank you for sharing this review. I've found it so useful.

  10. January 24, 2016 / 5:13 pm

    Great review really want go see the film now 🙂

  11. January 25, 2016 / 8:07 pm

    Can't wait to see this 🙂

  12. January 26, 2016 / 7:09 pm

    Can't wait to see this if it's as good as the book was it will be the film of the year xx

  13. January 28, 2016 / 2:23 am

    Looks a great film can't wait to see It x

  14. lynn r
    February 3, 2016 / 9:06 am

    Great review. Really enjoyed the book so hope they've done it justice with the film.

  15. February 13, 2016 / 4:46 am

    I was interested in watching this film, I want to even more now thanks for the review x

  16. February 13, 2016 / 9:33 pm

    Sounds great!


  17. February 17, 2016 / 12:20 am

    Still haven't seen this film hope to soon

  18. February 21, 2016 / 1:54 pm

    Great review, it's made me want to see the film 🙂