21 Jump Street
Short Term 12
The Spectacular Now
With all of these accomplishments, Larson finally received an Oscar for her role in Room. If you have not seen Room, you should definitely see it as soon as possible. In her previous films, Larson has portrayed herself as a caring and deeply relatable actress in the public image. All of her roles seem so real and heartfelt, and she is one of the most genuine celebrities on the screen today. However, most of her past roles have been in the independent film scene. Finally, it appears that Larson will be appearing in some bigger roles. So the question is: Will she lose her relatability with the audience?
Two recent announcements worry me a bit about her celebrity status. First, she appeared in a trailer for Kong: Skull Island at SDCC. This will be the first film where she is surrounded by such high caliber actors ranging from John Goodman to Samuel L. Jackson. All I wish is for this film to be good and still able to portray Larson and the other actors as genuine characters. Clearly, the King Kong movie is a blockbuster that could turn out fine, but there is always the chance of a blockbuster busting.
The second announcement that also worries me is Brie Larson's casting in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Announced as Captain Marvel, Larson has a lot of work ahead of her with the MCU. The problem here is that it could take her away from more independent roles where she shines so brightly. I am proud that the actress who I wanted to earn an Oscar so badly is finally hitting big roles with big studios. Of course there could be downsides to these castings, but I believe she will still bring along a portrayal of authenticity and relatability. All we can do now is hope for the best!
Image credit: By dorothy - Brie Larson @ the SXSW premiere of Don Jon, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46550464