Must Watch – Brooklyn

Brooklyn, a movie from 2015 based on the book by Colm Toíbín, tells the story of a young woman moving to America from Ireland in the late 1950s and it describes the struggle between finding a happy place in the new country and homesickness for the older country, between new friends and family and the one on the others side of the ocean, between independence and the safety of home and between new found happiness and tradition. As always, Saoirse Ronan is a stunner, both literally and in her acting. Besides the obvious Irish accents, I really enjoyed this movie because of the time frame it is set in – the costumes are admirably vintage, which I love. Another movie that made me shed a little tear.

You can watch the trailer here.

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Must Watch – Wonder

I don’t go to the movies often, but sometimes but I come across a movie trailer that convinces me to go and I fully immerse into the whole going to the theatre concept. A few weeks ago, we went to see Wonder, a movie about how being different doesn’t always have to be negative. If you’re born to stand out, you might as well use it for the better. As a Julia Roberts fan, I loved her performance but thought it rather odd to choose for Owen Wilson as the father figure; he surprised nonetheless. I think this movie is relatable to anyone, and it certainly brought me to tears. It makes you pause a little and think about they way you treat people – never underestimate the power of words.

Watch the trailer here.

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Room – Movie Review

A few days ago, I went to the movies with a friend. I am subscribed to this YouTube Channel that releases the trailers of new movies coming out soon and from that I compile a list of movies I want to see in the future. Room, of course, was on the list, because the trailer on its own already gave, and continues to give, me goosebumps. You can check it out for yourselves below.

Room tells the story of a mother and her son, Ma and Jack, living in a shed, referred to as “Room”. They both eventually manage to escape their suppressing, rather cruel circumstances, of which I won’t tell you any more because, well, everybody hates spoilers. The story itself despite it being a tragic one, is told beautifully. The performances by both Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, who take on the role of the mother and the son, are astonishing. They play so delicately, you almost forget that their emotional mother-son bond is not real, but a theatrical construction. I forgot as it were,  much like the main characters, that there existed any world outside the room  I found myself in.

What is especially gripping about this story is how remarkably well the mother has been able to provide a nourishing, loving environment for the little boy: they watch TV, he learns to read, they play games, do sports,… All that despite their “odd” living situation. And one cannot help but consider the special role that mothers play or have played in all of our lives.

The imagery itself also adds extra layers to the movie; some parts are filmed as if seen through the eyes of Jack, including when his first confrontations with the real world: sometimes, shaky, hazy, blindingly bright and overwhelming. This allows for a more hybrid experience where the world as we see it is contrasted with the world Jack sees. But also language imagery plays a role in the movie (or maybe I am just a little bit of obsessed with language in general): rather than calling the chair “a chair”, Jack greets the objects in Room as “Chair”, “Wardrobe”, “Bed”, always with a capital letter and without an article, illustrating the essence of his thinking: there is only one Room, with one Chair, one Wardrobe, etc. I think this use of language makes it easier for the viewer to get into this mindset, too.

Lastly, what I think we should all take away from this movie is that we should not take things for granted; we live in a world with lots of chairs, lots of people, lots of places and things to explore and love, and we’d better make sure we try it all.  My favourite two favourite quotes from the film reflect exactly on this

“You’re gonna love it.”
“What?”
“The world.”

“Ma and I have decided that because we don’t know what we like, we get to try everything. There are so many things out here. And sometimes, it’s scary, but that’s okay, because it’s still just you and me.”