Brooklyn - Review

Brooklyn is a movie that came out Thanksgiving weekend, and has recently been nominated for best picture in the Oscars.

4outof5 will still be reviewing a new movie this weekend!

This is simply a movie that flew under the radar I thought deserved some more recognition on this site. If you enjoy this review, go check out the movie while it’s still in theaters!

Plot

Brooklyn wisely dodges the usual stereotypes of Nicholas Sparks - like films, where two people fall in love, something terrible happens, and the two (or more often than not, just one) have to deal with the outcome. Instead, there is no sinister intent in Brooklyn’s story, only the emotions of a young Irish woman. The film is actually quite funny, with the dinner scenes involving the boarding house girls being some of the best. However, Brooklyn is a film about indecision. The film starts with the main character, Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) being sent to America after she is sponsored by her pastor to go there. Soon after her arrival, she is desperate to return to Ireland, where she felt she had a life of her own. She later meets a young Italian man named Tony, who immediately wows her with his charm and liking of “Irish Girls”. The two fall in love, and what follows are some of the most endearing scenes I have ever seen in a movie. I won’t spoil anything, but just know that this is definitely one of those movies that will make you want to fall in love. The big “conflict” is never presented as a conflict, but rather as a formality in the form of a trip back home to Ireland. Eilis then begins to make some questionable decisions, but she is never painted as the reason things are going wrong. Perhaps this is Brooklyn’s greatest achievement; It’s ability to succeed without having a clear - cut reason why things went wrong. This ambiguity leaves a lot of room for happiness, resulting in a film just begging to be loved for decades to come.

Performances 

Saoirse Ronan is the rock of Brooklyn, and being an Irish - American herself, nails the accent and look. More than that, she plays an evolving romantic, noticing the pros and cons of different situations, causing her decisions to never feel black or white. Even by the end, it felt like Ronan’s character had evolved, for better or for worse. The supporting cast is also great, with Emory Cohen’s Tony playing the perfect balance of lovable and shy, as well as confident about where he wants his relationship to go. Domhnall Gleeson, who’s character could have easily been a dart board, is fantastic as the very person who can bring someone to make decisions they never thought they would make, while still remaining innocent and ignorant of the situation. 

Style

While Brooklyn is first a love story, it is also a great period - piece, covering Irish immigration to New York in the 1950’s. From the costumes to the hair, it culminates in a deep longing for a world long gone. 

Summary

Brooklyn is one of the most refreshing romances to come out of 2015, and will likely live on forever in the hearts of fans due to its unique subject matter and honest love of the 1950’s. 

Pros- Great performances, no real enemy, costume design