Best Picture Nominee Review: Room

The 88th Annual Academy Awards are only a few weeks away (February 28) so I am going to give you a little insight about all of the best picture nominees. This blog is going to focus on one of the eight nominated films: Room.

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Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay in Room. Photo Courtesy of A24.

Room is the story of a Joy/Ma (Brie Larson), who has been held captive for seven years, and her five-year-old son Jack (Jacob Tremblay) as they navigate normality in a shed they call “Room”.

Joy/Ma then develops a plan for their eventual escape from “Old Nick”. She tells Jack he is going to play dead, and grills him on their plan. She then wraps him in a rug and then has “Old Nick” take him into the world. Once they have escaped, they must then acclimate themselves in the world. Joy must find herself again, and Jack must figure out a world he never knew existed. Through it all, their love and bond is their saving grace.

I first read the book three years ago and was haunted by the story. So when I heard they were going to adapt it, I was super excited to see how they were going to make the transition from page to screen.

First of all I LOVED that Emma Donoghue adapted her own book into the screenplay. She knows a side to the characters someone else wouldn’t have. The book is written from Jack’s point of view, which is difficult in itself, but she made the story flow effortlessly.

Second of all, I have to talk about the casting because it is simply phenomenal. Brie Larson took this character to another level. She is the silent strength and heartbreaking struggle that is Joy/Ma. She deserves all of the recognition she is receiving. Because the story is centered around Jack, the casting had to be on point, and casting Jacob Tremblay was the right move. Jacob  is brilliant in this film, and quite possibly should have been nominated for his role.

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Larson, Tremblay and Allen. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

The relationship between Brie and Jacob, on and off the screen, was nothing short of spectacular. I honestly believe that if they didn’t cast Brie or Jacob, the film wouldn’t have transcended the way that it did. Also, Joan Allen brought something beautiful to Joy’s mom who was more standoff-ish in the book.

The story itself may be a hard pill for some people to swallow, but if nothing else watch this film to see these amazing actors work. Room is all about hardship, hope, love and transition, and was done beautifully by the writer, director, actors & crew.

*Click Room at the top of the screen to watch the trailer*

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