Room ★★★★

Just in time for the Oscars, this.

The first half is breathtaking. Taut, innovative, heartwarming - succeeding in making the audience buy into and believe such a specific, strange, terrifying world.

Second half is far more slipshod, and this is at least partially by design. The film's greatest mistake, however, is sidelining Larson towards the end. It essentially avoids real drama and fallout by doing so, leaving Jacob Tremblay (who is INCREDIBLE - one of the best child performances I've ever seen) to do all the heavy lifting. He handles all that fine, cos he's great, but it also feels like a lost opportunity.