(bite size) Review: Room

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Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson
Written by
: Emma Donaghue
Starring
: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay

Summary: An imprisoned young woman and her son grapple with the realities of life outside of captivity.

roomRoom is a beautiful film. I don’t understand why more people aren’t fussing about this movie. The story is told mostly from Jack’s perspective, which was a brilliant choice. Jacob Tremblay; was the perfect casting choice for Jack; this child’s performance is so beautiful and touching.
It will remain to be seen whether this knack for articulating complex thoughts and emotions will remain with him throughout his acting career, but he and his incredibly authentic on-screen chemistry with Brie Larson are what make this movie great.

room-jacob-tremblayWatching Jack attempt to understand the world outside of the only fourΒ walls that he has ever known is heartwarming and heartbreaking all at the same time. I wept through most of this movie; not so much because its sad, but because it was incredibly touching.

room_header-620x320Brie Larson’s performance as Ma is going to change her career. There’s a very good chance that she could win the Best Actress Oscar this year and she absolutely deserves this. The layers of her performance Β seem endless – there is rage and fear and sorrow regarding her captivity, but an undeniable maternal warmth with her son.

RoomLennyAbrahamson1Overall I was very impressed with Room. The shot composition was beautiful, it was well edited, and brilliantly written and directed. Kudos to Lenny Abrahamson, who also directed last year’s Frank, which I loved – that definitely speaks to his range as a director.Β Room and Frank are VERY different films, but both are excellent examples of how a perfectly balanced tone is so important.

The Verdict: A+, I loved this movie. I’m not sure I can make an argument for it being the biggest or most impressive technical achievement of the year, but I can pretty easily say that Room was the most affecting film I’ve seen from 2015.


 

Oscar Considerations

Nominations
Best Picture
Best Director
Best Actress – Brie Larson
Best Adapted Screenplay

If Brie Larson doesn’t win Best Actress I will be SO mad, I was so impressed by her. I love that Lenny Abrahamson is nominated for Best Director; he won’t win but I’m delighted to see him up for the award. I would really like to see this win Best Adapted Screenplay, but it’s looking like that will probably go to The Big Short.

Won
Best Actress – Brie Larson

 

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