Room: Review / by Kenneth Buff

Room is a film adaptation of the 2010 book of the same name. It follows a mother and her 5 year old son who are being held captive in a sound proof room in a man's backyard. The twist is that the son doesn't know that there's any world outside of the room, he believes that all that exists is what's inside of it. This is where the drama comes into the film as the woman becomes desperate to escape.

The first half of the film is beautifully executed. The set, costumes, and color choices all highlight the grey world the characters live in, which is in stark contrast to the one Jack (the son) believes they live in. His imagination and happiness are so powerful they keep Joy going. It almost goes without saying that the performances of both Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay are perfect for this film, and that they'll both undoubtedly get an oscar nod in the coming award season.

The only issue I had with the film was the third act. This is where Joy and Jack escape from the room and re-enter society. In the book this portion of the story isn't that long. They make it out, a few other things happen, and then the story quickly comes to a close. The film tries to draw this out, and even makes a few minor changes that don't add anything to the story, and only seem to add to the run time.

Over all, I really enjoyed the film, but felt it could have easily been 20 to 30 minutes shorter without it losing any of its emotional impact.