Room ★★★★½

jvince's Top Ten Films of 2015: #4

"It's still just you and me, and that's okay."

Damn, what an incredible film.

I saw Room a couple of days ago, and I still can't stop thinking about it.

A powerful drama that is sure to keep your attention and your emotions locked in an unyielding grip, Lenny Abrahamson's Room is, without question, one of the best films of the year.

Unfortunately, this is starting to look like this year's Whiplash—a great film that not many will pay to see on the big screen, which is a damn shame really. I felt bad that I passed up seeing Whiplash at the theaters. I'm glad I didn't make that same mistake with Room, because like the former, this features two of the most remarkable performances that I've ever seen.

You REALLY must go see this movie.

Now, this is important: if this is the first time you've heard of the film or if you have yet to see the trailers, DO NOT watch any of them, unless you want the entire movie spoiled for you. I'll never understand why studios sometimes do that.

I'm glad I somehow managed to avoid seeing the trailers for this. I just went to see it because of the critical acclaim. And because Brie Larson is in it. I'm a huge fan and anything with Larson as the lead should be good.

All you need to know about the film is that it's about a mother (Larson) and her son (Jacob Tremblay) who are held captive in a small room by a man, and the story is told from the perspective of the 5-year-old boy. That's all you need to know. Don't Google it. Don't YouTube the trailers. Don't read other reviews. Trust me, the less you know, the more rewarding your viewing experience will be.

I expect Oscar nods for Larson (Best Actress), 8-year-old Tremblay (Best Supporting Actor), Joan Allen (Best Supporting Actress), Emma Donoghue (Adapted Screenplay), Stephen Rennicks (Score), Danny Cohen (Cinematography), Abrahamson (Director), and the film itself.

That ending... Fuck.

Room is essential viewing. Don't miss out.

The Scorecard:
Direction: ★★★★★
Acting: ★★★★★
Writing: ★★★★
Editing: ★★★★
Visuals: ★★★★½
Sound: ★★★★★
Entertainment: ★★★★½
Overall Rating: ★★★★½