2015: #3 Room


Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson
Written by: Emma Donoghue
Based on: The novel “Room” by Emma Donoghue
Starring: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, Joan Allen, and William H. Macy
Distributer: A24 Films
Country: Ireland/Canada
Language: English
Rating: R
Running Time: 117 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Date released: 10/16/2015
Date seen: 10/31/2015
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $11,201,500
# of Oscar nominations: 4 (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay)
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 4 (Best Set-Piece, Best Villain, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 3 (Best Set-Piece, Best Villain, and Best Actress)

What I find most remarkable about Room is simply how deftly it manages to make itself work despite the many ways it could have gone wrong.  The film’s premise could very easily have produced an unwatchable grim movie about the hellish ordeal at its center and conversely it easily could have seemed like something that was in very poor taste if they went too far in the direction of softening that peril as well.  By finding subtle ways of transitioning between the point of view of the mother and the child in order to maintain a great balance between whimsy and terror all without making it feel in any way gimmicky.  More importantly the movie is able to come right up to the precipice of corniness in its second half without going over the cliff.  It’s like The Shawshank Redemption for the 21st Century, a movie that’s able to find genuine emotion out of an extreme situation which will one day find the audience it deserves.
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