His whole world is within Room with his Mama and the nightly visitor that he hides from named Old Nick. He never speaks to Old Nick who sometimes brings them things they need then stays the night.Everything shifts when Mama reveals her precious secret one day: there is World outside of Room.
This film is divided in half: daily life inside Room, then life outside in World.Yes, they escape. It may be important knowing that before you watch a film like this. The painfully dark, horrifying concept of abduction is lightened only somewhat by escape as reentry takes as much if not more gumption for survival.
I do not know how Brie Larson was able to play such a role, to embrace this character in such a desperate situation. Larson did shine similarly in an (almost as difficult to watch) indie film from 2013 called Short Term 12 about the staff and students at a temporary group foster care center. R-rated for a ton of foul language, it presents realistic and difficult subject matter. Seeing Short Term 12 did something amazing for me. It renewed my own hope and endurance in the ever-exhausting field of education. It’s worth it to be there for students. That film was a much needed shot in the arm. Room is mostly heartbreaking, but hopeful in its own way.Hope is a strong word. Hope is weapon against despair. Hope grows, like the leaf on Room’s skylight that showed them seasons, change, future flight, and rebirth. There is life outside of Room. Goodbye Room. Hello World.