Room ★★★★

Director Lenny Abrahamson takes a significant step forward with this, his third feature; a step that initially seems to have been made by stepping back. For some time his film sticks to the same confined spaces as it’s characters. And, some arty establishing shots aside, he wisely chooses to let his actors hold court. Those of us paying attention will have seen greatness in Larson before (if Short Term 12 isn’t on your Netflix watch list, add it NOW), and so it goes here. She makes Joy a gritted, determined character, refusing to play victim for the sake of protecting her son’s perspective on the world, even if that perspective is one she has carefully warped for his own sake.

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