Room is a drama movie of Canadian-Irish origins directed by Lenny Abrahamson and written by Emma Donoghue, based on her novel. It has been released at a Colorado Film Festival in September 2015.
Room received critical acclaim and four Academy Award nominations, including “Best Picture”, “Best Director” for Abrahamson and “Best Adapted Screenplay” for Donoghue. Brie Larson‘s performance in particular has been singled out for awards; she won the Golden Globe for “Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama”, the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for “Best Actress” and is currently nominated for the Academy Award for “Best Actress”, the BAFTA Award for “Best Actress in a Leading Role” and the SAG Award for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role”. Jacob Tremblay won a Critics’ Choice Movie Award for “Best Young Performer” for Room.
The story of a young woman being held captive for seven years, time in which she gave birth to a beautiful son is just mentioned in the movie. The action starts with the son’s fifth birthday. His name is Jack and he knows how to read. He knows some other basic things from a restricted access to a bad receiving TV set, some children books, and his devoted mother.
I have skimmed Emma Donoghue’s book which is extraordinary. The movie script has been made from the same perspective, Jack’s, and it was very tough to make, to show in a few minutes the real drama of captivity just for the sake of it. Lenny Abrahamson did such a good job that he landed a “Best Directing” nomination for himself, A “Best Picture” nomination for the movie and a “Best Actress” nomination for Brie Larson. This is a movie about how young Jack is going to adapt to a normal life after he escaped from the shed where he grew up with his Ma’, just with a skylight as vision for the outside world, a bathtub, a toilet, a sink, a bed, a wardrobe, where he sleeps when the guy who keeps them captive came there to sleep with her, a rudimentary kitchen, and the TV.
This is a positive movie, made credibly by Lenny Abrahamson’s producing team, which raised $12 million to launch it. It stars Brie Larson as Joy Newsome, Jacob Tremblay, a seven years old prodigy who was chosen from thousands of others as Jack, Joy’s son, Joan Allen as Nancy, Joy’s mother, William H. Macy as Robert Newsome, Joy’s father, now divorced, occasionally Sean Bridgers as Old Nick, the rapist, Tom McCamus as Leo, grandma’ Nancy’s new husband.
Highly recommended! Brie Larson seems to be the “Best Actress” favorite this year.
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