So many reasons to see Room. If you follow the awards shows, you know that Brie Larson has won every major Best Actress award for her role as Ma. Jacob Tremblay, as her son, Jack, was outstanding. I can’t heap enough praise on him for thoroughly becoming his character. Both Larson and Tremblay were in unfamiliar territory with this story. For them to deeply understand the experience of being confined to one room for many years and portray it so vividly for their audience is a major accomplishment.
In addition to Lenny Abrahamson’s finely tuned direction, the pair of actors were helped greatly by Emma Donoghue’s screenplay based on her book by the same name. There is something about an author writing the screenplay that can hold together the intention and integrity of the story in a singular manner. Donoghue received multiple Best Adapted Screenplay nominations that underscore acknowledgment of her exceptional skill.
The story of Room is a compelling narrative, and it’s brought to life by stellar acting not only by the main actors, but also by a supporting cast that includes the wonderful Joan Allen, who plays Ma’s mother. I was reminded of her role as the mother of four daughters in Upside of Anger, where she’s mostly not the motherly type.
Room joins a banner year for both Oscar-nominated and other films, and it’s a pleasure to offer them up to renters. Enjoy.
Oh, and by the way, speaking of excellent acting, Sarah Silverman shocked me with her portrayal of a drug addicted wife and mother in I Smile Back. This movie is an intense look at the dark and downward spiral of addiction, and Silverman nails it. – [DVD]
DVD Release Date: 3/1/16