Brie Larson (26), is an American actress known for her roles in Room (2015), 21 Jump Street (2012), and The Spectacular Now (2013).
Larson received her first Oscar nomination and win at the 88th Academy Awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in Room.
"Ma: You're gonna love it
Ma: The World."
Based on Emma Donoghue's novel of the same name, Room deals with the relationship between and captivity of a young mother and her five year old son, Jack - who has spent his entire life in captivity in a small room. The film depicts the hardships if living in confinement, facing the fear of the unknown, and the real world.
Larson portrays a strong female character, who will go to any length to improve the lives of her and her son.She does not resent Jack for sharing the same DNA as her captor - something which must take great inner strength
"Jack doesn't have a father. He is no one else's but mine"
The cinematography of Room is stunning and as for someone who has read the book; collectively the cinematography and mise-en-scene work perfectly to create the correct imagery and atmosphere that author, Donoghue creates; this is of course aided by the acting skills of Larson as Ma, and Jacob Tremblay as Jack
Room is not the first film that Larson has starred in with notable cinematography. The under-rated independent film Short Term 12 also features this.
Short Term 12 (2013)
Directed by Dustin Daniel Cretton, Short Term 12 is a film which navigates its way round the life of a 20-something supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility facing the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and long term boyfriend.
Rated 8/10 stars in IMDB, the piece deals with sensitive topics such as mental health, self harm, and physical and emotional abuse. Through film techniques, and the film's documentary-like format, the audience feel a bond with the characters whereby they are not too emotionally manipulated through elements such as sound for instance. It can be interpreted that the independent film states: this is my depiction of this world, perceive it as you will.
Parallels in Cinematography:
Both films above are stripped back to the basics of acting. They involve no CGI or special effects; it's about the ways in which the actors interact with each other, and how the camera portrays that interaction and their surroundings to an audience.
With these two films incorporating Larson as its leading role, could this be her stamp on cinema? As previously, Larson has only had minor or supporting roles in comedy films such as 21 Jump Street (2012).
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