Set in the 1950s, Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) is a Irish immigrant new to America who finds a home in a boarding house for young women in New York. She is given a proper job and an education, but she is homesick and misses her mother and sister. Soon she meets a young man named Tony (Emory Cohen) and falls in love, however that love is put in jeopardy when Eilis learns of her sister’s death and must travel back to Ireland to be with her mother. Once Eilis is back home, she keeps a giant secret from her friends and family as a new life is presented to her in order to get her to stay. She now must choose between the love that is in her heart and a love that is practical and easy.
I’m not usually someone who enjoys a good romantic movie, especially ones that are period pieces, however I am a sucker for romantic comedies because they are so easy to watch. Brooklyn is NOT a romantic comedy by any means, but it sure has the ease of watch like one. Between the acting, the setting and the subtitle nature, Brooklyn is a very emotional and touching romance that I wasn’t expecting to enjoy so much. What makes this movie so good is the simple nature of the story yet the relationships between the characters adds layers upon layers of emotion for the audience. Brooklyn presents us with characters we want to care about and that is always important!
I think the ladies are going to love this movie for the romance and the overall production, and I think guys will enjoy this as well because the ladies are attractive! I love Irish accents and since practically everyone speaks with one, the dialogue never gets old. I particularly liked Mrs. Kehoe as the head of the boarding house. She has the “Maggie Smith” feel because she speaks her mind and is funny giving all the girls grief about their single life!
I can see how Saoirse Ronan is being hyped about her performance, however, unlike aggressive actresses like Cate Blanchett and Meryl Streep, Ronan is calm and soft in her delivery. She will captivate and draw you in without you even knowing. All in all, Brooklyn is the kind of movie that wins on all levels because of how subtle it can be. It might not be a movie that men are going to want to re-watch, but they will enjoy it none-the-less, but this is a no doubt, slam dunk, winner for the female audience. It has deserved all the praise it has received. Co-starring Domhnall Gleeson, Eileen O’Higgins, Fiona Glascott, Jim Broadbent, and Julie Walters.
9/10 Stars – Brooklyn is flawless as a subtle, yet deep, romance that both men and women will enjoy.
Brooklyn is definitely my kind of film. Romantic, love story with sweeping landscapes and a period piece to boot. It’s almost as if it were made for me. Truth be told I think Brooklyn was made for a lot of people. The film is simple and straight forward with a strong story that is compelling whether you are female or male. It even has a bit of humor so it isn’t all sappy love and drama. Unlike a lot of lot of romantic period pieces this one is not grandiose. It doesn’t try to be more than it is. There isn’t any fancy directing or camera work, it is simple; and it works. Sometimes just a strong story with interesting and compelling characters is enough. Who needs all the extra when you have the core pieces.
I could wax poetic about the story for a few more paragraphs but I won’t. Instead I will dedicate a few lines to the performance of Saoirse Ronan. She is this quiet figure who I couldn’t have picked her out of a lineup but when I saw her IMDB page I had to do a double take. She has a fairly impressive line up of movies under her belt which makes Brooklyn the cherry on top so to speak. Her quiet presence is perfect for the role of Eilis. Behind the quiet is passion and fire which you get great little glimpses of at just the right moments in the film. Ronan was made for this part thats for certain. I hope she is nominated for and wins her fair share of awards because she is the entire backbone and face of the film and she carries it well.
I can’t honestly tell you anything negative about this movie. I like it, all of it. I wasn’t bored or distracted. I cried, I laughed. It is just simply great.
9/10 Stars – Brooklyn is a definite must see in my book and one I would likely watch again if given the opportunity.