“When I was small, I only knew small things. But now I’m five, I know everything!”
For the last five or six years, I’ve made a point of watching all of the Academy Awards Best Picture nominees before the Oscar ceremony. This year I was way ahead of schedule. By the time they were announced, there was only one of the nominated eight that I hadn’t seen yet. And, to be honest, it was one I had kind of avoided. Because I could have seen this movie before now, I’d just consciously decided not to. But now, according to my own rules, I have to. So, is the Academy right and I’m wrong, is it a good thing that they nominated, and I just watched Room?
Seven years ago, 17 year old Joy (Brie Larson) was snatched off the street by a man she comes to call Old Nick (Sean Bridgers). Kept prisoner in his fortified garden shed in the middle of suburbia, Joy gave birth to a son two years in. With Jack (Jacob Tremblay) turning five, Joy decides it’s time to start telling him about what life and the real world are actually like outside of the one, small room that has been his entire world his entire life. (more…)