There are some movies that say very little, and yet convey so much! Room is one such movie. It’s a story of survival, redemption, hope and freedom.
Room begins with Jack and his Ma who are locked in a room for the past five years because of the possessive patriarch of the family. After the five-year-old Jack and his mother escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery – a discovery ridden with adventure, exploration and riddles that ultimately solve the mystery of the outside world.
There is not much that can be revealed about Room’s story, except that it’s a highly touching and sensitive story – one that communicates far more with emotions and rarely with words. Through the eyes of the boy, we see the world in a far different angle, and are left to ponder on whether we are actually free birds or not.
There are two ways to look at it – the boy had more freedom inside the room or outside the room can be a slightly debatable topic. But the context of it can be applied in any landscape, not just his. Often, we are all bogged down by Societal pressures and tend to lose some sense of freedom that time. But what if we are locked down in a room for 5 years? Would we still feel the same about the “outside world”?
Room is a powerful narrative that propels us to think about that very beautiful outside world. Room here is an apt metaphor for our limitations. The strong Acting department is a further cherry on the cake. Everyone is in top form.
Jacob Tremblay as the cute boy Jack charms us with his inquisitiveness and innocence. Brie Larson as Ma is terrific as the helpless, yet strong mother of a child who hasn’t quite had a normal childhood. Her performance makes her a top gun at this year’s Oscars. Other supporting characters are also welcome additions to the narrative.
Background score of Room gels well with the emotions. Inspite of a running time of nearly 2 hours, Room never gets boring. I recommend it highly. It might just change your perspective on life.