Hello, fellow moviegoers!
Brooklyn is directed by John Crowley, and it stars Saoirse Ronan as Eilis, an Irish immigrant to the United States during the 1950s. This film follows Eilis through all of the hardships that she faces after she leaves her family and tries to start a life for herself alone in this strange new world.
Brooklyn is one of the eight films to receive a Best Picture nominee at the Oscars this year. It also received an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, and Saoirse Ronan was nominated for Best Lead Actress. So, how does this film stand out compared to all of the other Best Picture nominees? Is this a film that you need to see?
Brooklyn is undeniably a great film. A good script, excellent score, and fantastic characters all add to the enjoyment of this adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s 2009 novel by the same title. However, there is one more thing this film has up its sleeve, Saoirse Ronan’s Oscar-worthy performance.
Director John Crowley successfully manages to engage the audience in this relatively small tale about the life of an Irish immigrant finding her way in a new home. You slowly grow to love these characters throughout the entirety of the film. In fact, it’s hard to realize how much you’re attached to these characters until they really start to struggle, and you feel like yelling at the screen. (Of course, you won’t actually do that because that’d be silly, but you get the point)
The performances in this film are great around the board. Saoirse Ronan definitely deserves the Oscar nomination she received, and I think that she could potentially even win the award. Domhnall Gleeson wasn’t in the film very much, but he captured your attention whenever he was on screen. This guy is a freaking chameleon! This year alone he played Caleb in Ex Machina, General Hux in Star Wars, Captain Henry in The Revenant, and now this! Domhnall Gleeson is very quickly becoming one of the best in the business. He’s definitely somebody to keep your eye on. Emory Cohen was also very notable. He played Tony, an Italian love-interest that Eilis meets in Brooklyn. Speaking of that romance, it was very believable. One of the biggest challenges most movies face is the love story. It’s very hard to create a believable attraction between two characters. Brooklyn managed to not only make you believe in this romance but also root for it. I can honestly say that I haven’t been that invested in an on-screen relationship in a while.
Overall the screenplay for the film was pretty good. The dialogue between characters was handled very well, and it’s a big reason why you buy into the Eilis/Tony relationship as much as you do. There were a few scenes here and there that did feel out of place. At one point in the film, it’s as if Saoirse Ronan’s character Eilis has a complete change of heart that we didn’t see. I won’t spoil anything, but I feel as if writer Nick Hornby didn’t quite grasp her character’s motivations. While as a whole the writing was great, there were a few scenes that kept it from being spectacular.
Brooklyn was an excellent Romantic-Drama that manages to keep you attached to characters even when they seem to forget who they are. The writing was a little iffy at times but overall pretty good. The performances were good, except for Saoirse Ronan who was fantastic. I would definitely recommend Brooklyn if you’re in the in the mood for a romantic film. It doesn’t have a shot at winning Best Picture, but I’m happy to see that it was nominated.
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