Noah Teuber’s review published on Letterboxd:
It really isn't fair that The Force Awakens was locked to be my #1 film of 2015, because besides Star Wars, Room is my favorite film of the year, hands down. I didn't review it after my first viewing because I was an absolute wreck by the time it ended but I wanted to give it a proper review and luckily it popped back up at the theater near my college.
This is a tricky film to review. What I really want to say is don't watch any trailers and just go see it. That's what I did- I heard the premise and that it starred Brie Larson. I was already in. I truly think the best way to experience Room is to go in as blind as possible. So therefore I'm going to try to be fairly vague.
Everything about Room is powerful and emotional. It asks you to imagine what it would be like to be a 5-year old boy whose entire world is a single room shared with his mother- that's the first act. Then comes the second act- what it would be like for that boy to find out that there's more out there behind those four walls?
I love this movie for so many different reasons, but a main one is because I'm the oldest of five boys and I have two brothers who are 6 and 4 right now. I saw so much of them inside Jack, played remarkably by Jacob Tremblay. This kid- I can't do justice of how amazing he is in this movie with words. He makes it feel completely real- in fact, everything about the movie feels real, and it all comes back to a special kind of relationship between a mother and her son.
The mother is played by the incredible Brie Larson, and her performance is my absolute favorite of the year. She is getting that Oscar next month, I swear the Academy will prove they are even more out of their minds than they already are if she doesn't. Brie went into isolation for a month in preparation for this role, and made sure not to wash her face during shooting to emphasis the fact that she wasn't wearing any make-up. She owns this role. It's so obvious she and Jacob really connected because this may be the best portrayal of a relationship between a mother and son I've ever seen on film.
I don't want to go into details about story because I think it hits hardest when you aren't prepared. This is an emotional film. I can't remember a movie making me cry as much as Room did. I was literally sobbing at points. This is an important film, it's a masterpiece, and it's the best film of 2015. I urge everyone reading this to go see it. You'll be glad you did.