The Ron’s review published on Letterboxd:
I read Emma Donaghue's novel Room several years ago. By the time I read the last word I was completely emotionally drained. The deeply emotional experience left me almost catatonic at first, then stayed with me for weeks as I recommended it to everyone I knew who liked to read. Of course when the film was announced, I worried one of my all-time favorite novels would be ruined by Hollywood. Well that wasn't the case at all. In fact just like the novel, it's an experience I won't soon forget.
Jack (Jacob Tremblay) who has just turned five knows very little about the real world. He's spent his entire life confined to a single room where his mother (Brie Larson) has been held captive, but soon Jack will discover there's a whole world waiting for him outside of "room".
Anytime a novel is turned into a major motion picture, it's almost guaranteed it won't be as good as the book. Whether it simply doesn't translate well, suffers from poor casting choice, or makes you realize the source material wasn't as good as you thought it was, it happens a lot. Sure there are exceptions, and even rare occasions when the film is actually better. With Room I'd call it a draw. I loved the novel and I loved the film.
There's no doubt in my mind that the film equaled the book thanks to two amazing performances. Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay are simply amazing. I was in tears at multiple points during the film and I would directly correlate it to their powerful performances as these characters. This story is an emotional roller coaster ride to say the least, and they make you feel every emotion. At it's heart Room is a film about the bond between mother and child. The bond felt natural and real between these two wonderful actors. Brie Larson's Academy Award win is much deserved.
It's crazy how messed up this story is, but the mother and son aspect transcends the ugly parts to make a beautiful film. The just under 2 hour runtime puts you through a full days worth of emotions. I'll be thinking about this wonderful film and likely tearing up about it weeks from now.
The Ron Says: Absolute MUST SEE!