Anyone who has read Room by Emma Donoghue is surely not surprised at all by its success or the Man Booker Prize love it received. After all, the book is completely original in a time when many books seem so like something else you've read before. It is daring and as unashamedly horrific in subject matter as it is entirely lovely and life-affirming.
The story, about one little boy and his mother, begins in Room where they live. Yet, as the story progresses, the reader quickly starts to realise that despite the narration of this happy little boy, the world in which he lives is not one where he should stay. And, when an opportunity presents itself, Ma decides it's time to tell young Jack the truth about their home as she needs him to help them escape it.
It's a book that keeps the reader guessing, never sure what is going to happen next, and offers numerous terrifying moments and those that fill you with joy.
For the adaptation, director Lenny Abrahamson shows great respect for the source material and has put together a stunning cast who he has led beautifully. Author Emma Donoghue returned to pen the screenplay too and has done a staggeringly great job at understanding storytelling in two very different forms. The film captures both the heart and horror of the novel and, though a few details are lost in the conversion, these details are none that are likely to upset lovers of the book. The fundamentals are there and the story remains the emotional roller coaster you'd expect.