Brooklyn, which has a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, was the last of the best picture nominations that I hadn’t seen so it was the obvious choice for the movie tonight. It’s one that my circle of film podcasts was split on. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about it, but it definitely didn’t disappoint.
Brooklyn is about an Irish immigrant named Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) who ends up in Brooklyn in the 1950s. She is extremely homesick until she finds Tony (Emory Cohen) and things take a positive turn that doesn’t go unnoticed by those around her. Avoiding spoilers, a trip home makes her have to choose between her old life and new.
Saoirse Ronan gives an amazing performance. Her character is the real story in this film and we see her grow into a strong, confident character as the film moves on. She is a very likable character and anyone who has ever felt like a fish out of water can relate to her.
Her supporting casts of Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, Fiona Glascott, and others do a magnificent job at adding to the development of Eilis. The characters she encounters both in Ireland and in Brooklyn are interesting and impact her life in various ways.
The film is beautifully shot by cinematographer Yves Belanger and directed by John Crowley. The dialogue scenes manage to be framed in ways that look visually appealing making strong use of rack focus. The sets and clothing are gorgeous and definitely seems like images I’ve seen of the 1950s.
The story is a love story at heart and the conflict of the film isn’t quite the same annoying style that I’ve seen in other romances that don’t quite appeal to me. I’d much rather watch this film than any of the Nicholas Sparks films. I think my favorite scene in the film was when Eilis was learning to eat pasta without making a mess before her big dinner with Tony’s parents. It was a funny moment.
I definitely think Brooklyn is a great film. It kept my attention, but some things felt a bit underdeveloped or underwhelming. I give Brooklyn 8 out of 10 stars.