Today’s review is of Lenny Abrahamson’s harrowing film adaptation of the New York Times best selling novel Room. Brie Larson’s powerful portrayal as Joy Newsome, has made her an early front runner to win the Best Actress Oscar. Having been forced to live in terror in a small locked room for seven years, she tries to be the best parent possible to her five year old son, played by newcomer Jacob Newsome, and raise him sheltered from the horror of their situation, while giving him all the warmth and love of a normal childhood. The film uses the bond of mother and child to explore thematically the incredible power and resiliency of love. The Academy of Motion Pictures has nominated this universally acclaimed movie for two other awards in Adapted Screenplay and Best Director.
Join LaF on another Best Picture review as they discuss Room.