‘Room’ is a film based upon the 2010 novel of the same name, and is directed by Lenny Abrahamson. With the award buzz surrounding ‘Room’ from its Golden Globe win for Best Actress to its four nominations at this year’s Oscars, which includes the top prize of Best Picture, I was intrigued from all the acclaim this film was receiving, and after viewing the film, I can see why the film has gotten universal praise from many award shows and critics.

The film follows the gripping story of a young mother known as Ma, living in a shed for seven years, labelling the shed as “room”, caring for her son in this twisted world.

The film is directed with care, showing a variety of different shots with good use, examples include wide sweeping shots and intense close-ups which makes the audience feel claustrophobic in this small room. Additionally, one of my favourite shots is the skylight of the room, going through different weather situations, such as sunny or raining.

‘Room’ features incredible and intelligent writing, an example includes the film’s leading protagonist of Jack, Ma’s son, from his imaginative young mind, introducing the audience to this room, and his view of the world he lives in.

The acting performances are stellar and both Brie Larson (Ma) and Jacob Tremblay (Jack) provide an incredible performance, and their strong mother-son relationship is the glue to this film, as you go on this emotional and horrifying journey with these characters and you actually care towards them, thanks to the established relationship and character development.

‘Room’ is an exceptionally crafted film, with great writing, stellar acting and incredible use of cinematography and direction. ‘Room’ is a must-see film.

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