Brooklyn (2015)

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9.0 Overall Score
Story: 9/10
Acting: 9/10
Visuals: 9/10

Good story, great acting, looks great

Nothing

 
Movie Info

Movie Name:  Brooklyn

Studio:  BBC Films

Genre(s):  Drama/Romance

Release Date(s):  January 26, 2015 (Sundance Film Festival)/November 6, 2015 (UK)

MPAA Rating:  PG-13

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Crap…what am I getting myself into?

Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) has been given the opportunity of a lifetime.  She’s been set-up in Brooklyn with a place to live and a job…meaning she’ll have to say goodbye her mother (Jane Brennan), sister Rose (Fiona Glascott), and everyone she knows to live in a new country.  Faced with crushing homesickness, things begin to change for Eilis when she meet a young Italian man named Tony Fiorello (Emory Cohen).  When Eilis is suddenly called back to Ireland, Eilis finds she must decide between her new life and the world she left behind.

Directed by John Crowley, Brooklyn is a romantic period drama.  The film is an adaption of Colm Tóibín 2009 novel by author Nick Hornby.  The film premiered at Sundance to critical acclaim.  The film garnered Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress (Ronan), and Best Adapted Screenplay.

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Well, this is great timing…

My grandmother came to America from Scotland in the ’20s and watching Brooklyn it made me question what she experienced.  She came with her family and had a support network.  Brooklyn is probably a more common story, but it also has a great cast and good look to back it up.

The story is a nice romance because you want both men to win.  Both are nice, both will be hurt if she turns them down.  This romance is piled on the great concept of being torn between two worlds and not fitting in either.  This is a good story not only for someone who is an immigrant, but anyone getting older and leaving home…just imagine however if you ran the risk of never seeing anyone you knew again.

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I rule this city!

The movie is really held together by Saoirse Ronan who has proven already that she is an actress who could be around for a long time.  She has a normal but at the same time oddly glamorous look to her and her acting is top notch.  She has a nice supporting cast, but the movie is really all about her and her world.

The world that Eilis inhabits is also beautiful.  Set in the fifties, the film has a bright Technicolor look to it.  Saoirse is always clothed in bright colored outfits but even Brooklyn looks nice and pretty.  It just adds to the story and acting.

Brooklyn is part of America’s story (just a part).  It is a deep and thoughtful look at immigration and the struggles of immigrants that  they faced coming to America and leaving everyone they knew behind.  It is interesting to see a movie about immigration that doesn’t involve poverty or horrible living conditions…Brooklyn is a nice trip back into the past.

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