After five-year-old Jack and his mother escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery. (IMDb)
Nominations: Best Picture, Leading Actress (Brie Larson), Directing (Lenny Abrahamson), and Adapted Screenplay.
Oh man. I think Brie Larson may be my frontrunner for Best Actress. It’s brilliant actually. Since the movie (and the book that it’s based off of) is from the son’s point of view, Larson got the chance to just go for it. There was no show boating, Oscar bait acting, she killed it. And actually, I would venture to say that Jacob Tremblay, who plays Jack, was snubbed. He has a very bright career ahead of him. What I will say is, damn, don’t watch this if you’re having a bad day, because this is heavy. This gives the few moments of lightness more gravity, but still, this is a lot for two hours. What makes it better is that a lot of the truly awful things are implied. A lot of directors nowadays would go for the shock/in your face factor. But Abrahamson instead took the opposite approach, giving us the puzzle pieces and letting our imaginations put them together. (Another advantage of having it from Jack’s perspective) Brilliant work all around, and a brilliant movie.