I haven’t read the book it was based on hence I cannot comment on its accuracy with the source. The film however, was very good. The first half of the film revolved around the relationship between Jack and Ma, both the happy times and the tensions of living their life the way they were. The latter half focused on their adjustment outside of Room, with the two of them going through different motions of adjusting in their new surroundings.
I liked that the characters were flawed. Ma was never portrayed as an always patient and kind character, but the touches of her frustration and somewhat annoyance with her son suggests an embodiment of a real person. She would always be protecting Jack, but sometimes his curiousness would get to her. Her future actions were premeditated by her condition of captivity, and her struggles to rejoin society were very evident in the latter half. Larson portrayed her perfectly – she was mean enough to suggest frustration and anger, and yet kind and caring and accommodating to her son. Her rapport with Tremblay seemed natural, with Tremblay doing considerable amount of work alongside Larson.
There were some parts of the narrative that were left unanswered but it doesn’t derail from the film. Lenny Abrahamson knew where to make scenes intense. I liked how some scenes showed things in Jack’s new perspective – the feeling of loss and confusion and unusual evident in those takes. I liked how things have ended; it was what both characters needed in their lives in order to get past the incident.
Director: Lenny Abrahamson