Hello again, That Geek Online here again with a review of the Oscar nominated film Room. Room is the story of Joy, who was abducted by “Old Nick” seven years ago and locked in the tool shed behind his house. Joy has since had a child named Jack, who has lived in ‘Room’ his entire life. Joy has brought Jack up to believe ‘Room’ is the whole world, with the only view of the outside coming from a skylight. When they do make their escape, the real world is not only a huge adjustment for Jack, but Joy as well. Room was not my favorite Oscar nominee, but it was a beautiful film.
What stood out the most to me about Room was the acting. Brie Larson captured Joy’s determination and love as mother, while showing her vulnerability and the PTSD she dealt with after escaping. Her performance stands out to me in the category for best lead actress, and I predict she will take home the win. But whie Brie Larson was sensational as Joy/Ma, the real acting triumph of the film was from Jacob Tremblay as Jack. Tremblay is only 9 years old and he has already starred in an Oscar nominated film. I’m 20 years old and I don’t even own a frying pan. He captures the innocence of Jack but also the curiousity that Jack has about the outside world. The adjustment to the world is difficult for both Jack and Joy, and the actors make you believe this is a real story with real people.
One of the things I have found with Oscar nominees, is that they always have the heaviest storylines and depressing tones. You get the odd exception here and there, but the films tend to be very dramatic. Room is definitely one of the harder films to watch out of the 8 nominees, and I would not recommend it to overly sensitive people. I am not a hugely sensitive person when it comes to movies, but Room hit me hard. Beautiful film, but heavy in storyline and subject matter. I hope that if you do see Room, you come out of it looking at the world with as much wonder as Jack did. That was one of my favorite parts of the film, was watching Jack see the world for the first time. It’s a pretty great place out there, even if we have REAL heavy storylines of our own.
I don’t have too much to say about Room, because I did see it quite a while ago. However, I don’t think it should or WILL win Best Picture. I am rooting for Brie Larson as Best Actress, and have a strong feeling she will take that one home. Have you seen Room? How did you feel about it? Let me know in a comment below!
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