The one thing that happens to you when you finally shut down your screen after the final credits of Room have rolled, is that you realize the world is the same, but somewhere deep inside you, somewhere, where it matters, probably the most; somewhere you have changed.
Lenny Abrahamson’s share in Room is arguably just as much as screenwriter (and the writer of the original novel) Emma Donoghue’s is. For although Emma Donoghue has written a tale, so profoundly moving, in a way that seems more powerful on the page, than it does on screen; a complaint that most fans have when their favourite book’s adaptation is announced; Lenny with his distinct vision and brilliant handling of actors and frame composition ensures that hardly any charm of the novel is lost in this translation.
Of course, the Director of Photography, Danny Cohen too framed his shots in such a manner to always evoke that sense of claustrophobia, the desire to escape and implanted it subconsciously in the minds of the viewer. The palette of colours ranging from the almost depressing, yet on retrospect a sort of warm, blue-ness in the phase of the movie in Room itself. The bright white which is almost too much for your eyes to bear showing the blinding nature of the outside world, when they escape and are in the hospital makes for some food for thought.
But perhaps the most standout elements of this film, are the performances. The acting is so unique and powerful, the leads, Brie Larson and young Jacob Tremblay make you feel each ebb and flow in their characters and their outlooks towards life, the world and each other. Brie Larson can be seen in a number of minor roles throughout her career (one of my favourites being her small appearance in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) but none, leaving aside this particular role that won her the Oscar, was more beautifully portrayed than the one in Short Term 12. Jacob Tremblay is a very young actor, at this stage, but he definitely shows great promise and hopefully shall continue on this track and unlike most stars who attain fame at a young age, I hope he shall not fall into ruin.
Emma Donoghue’s script, much like the novel the film is based upon is a work of art, that deserves much more accolade than it has and is one of my personal favourite scripts and hopefully she shall continue to deliver brilliant scripts while working on profound and uniquely presented novels at the same time.
Room in an experience, a transformative one, one that you must undergo. I believe I have changed upon seeing this film and hopefully you shall too. One begins to question this world, after seeing this film. What would it be like, if you weren’t born into the middle of it? What if (much like Bane in The Dark Knight Rises) you were born in the darkness, away from the “light” of the world? Would your view of this light, have been much more different? Cynical, perhaps? One shall never know, but to question is the best we can do. Room provokes you to question.