ida’s review published on Letterboxd:
Room opens on a five-year old boy's dialogue, the skylight, the wall outside is simply outer space, the wardrobe, the sink, the tv people, it took me a while to have a grasp on the entirety of their circumstance that left me breathless and uncomfortable. For Jack, the small garden shed was the whole world - never lacking, endless, it went every direction all the way to the end, it never finished, and Ma was always there.
Adapted for movie by the actual author of the book, Emma Donoghue, the power of the story lies on the delicate storytelling of a horrific captive situation, the bond between a parent and her child, a mother's enduring love, a singular priority to not only provide but also protect her son at all costs. I know, I knoow the movie wasn't marketed to be a thriller and while I was expecting it to focus on their struggle to escape, the third act was more than a welcome gesture. There's a glaring difference between being free and actually feeling free. At this point, I'm actually bawling my eyes red. The emotional turmoil runs not only in Brie's Joy Newsome but to her parents, the people around her, even the resilient Jack. It increasingly becomes complicated as the sheer overwhelming incident started turning into an inevitable post-traumatic stress.
Ultimately, the shining beacon here is Jacob Tremblay's Jack. The innocence of a child ready to embrace a new world of peculiarity as different as it can be from a world he was born in. Reawakening, acceptance, a stronghold for a mother who got lost in her way for a while.
Uh, I think I need to call my mom now.
side note: I can't believe they made Brie Larson award Casey Affleck not once, but twice last season. God, the irony.