Brooklyn – ★ ★ ★ ★ DVD Review
Saoirse Ronan plays Eilis, a young Irish girl from the small town of Enniscorthy who takes an opportunity provided by the local church to go and live in Brooklyn, New York. Though she is sad to leave her mother and her sister Rose (Fiona Glascott) in Ireland, she has no problem at all leaving behind the job she held in the local shop run by the strict and miserly Miss Kelly (Brid Brennan). Though the land of opportunity is not always easy, Eilis battles seasickness, homesickness and loneliness. Finding some comfort from Father Flood (Jim Broadbent), the priest who sponsored her, she slowly makes a few friends at the boarding house she lives in run by Mrs. Kehoe (Julie Walters), finds a job at Bartocci’s department store; where she is befriended by Miss Fortini (Jessica Paré) her supervisor who teaches her some of the finer points of fitting in in America; and even enrols in Brooklyn College to study bookkeeping. One night while out at an Irish dance with other girls from the boarding house, she meets Tony (Emory Cohen), an Italian-American plumber who has fallen in love with her from across the dance floor. Eventually Eilis reciprocates his feelings and the two start dating, fall completely in love and we’ve seen Eilis come full circle and emerge a confident young woman, until she is called back to Ireland for a family tragedy. Returning to her former home her confidence, maturity and now worldly nature shine through winning her the heart of another suitor in Jim Farrell (Domhnall Gleeson) who she also falls in love with. What does this mean for her life in Brooklyn? And her love for Tony? And her secret marriage to Tony that happened just before she left the States?
This was an excellent movie, and I really enjoyed it. It was simply a story. I wouldn’t say it was necessarily a love story, or a drama, or anything. It was just a really well told, very natural feeling, everyday story. It involved the viewer emotionally, challenged them to think a little bit, and just told the tale of a life that does not seem unrealistic for anyone to have lived. The entire cast was excellent, and so were the performances. Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, were each very entertaining in their supporting roles. I’m a huge fan of Saoirse Ronan though and with Brooklyn she once again earned my admiration. The twenty-two year old actress has been nominated for two acting Oscars and has won other awards in the past for her roles in Atonement and The Lovely Bones. Again, I think this was just a year of poor timing for some, as Brie Larson was pretty much a lock for the Best Actress Oscar. I have little doubt though that Ronan will capture an Oscar in her career, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it happened in the very near future.
Bottom Line: I think I’m finally caught up with everything I watched for the Oscars this year! I guess I should really watch Revenant too….
Posted on 16-07-27, in 4 Star, Movie Reviews and tagged Brid Brennan, Brooklyn, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Fiona Glascott, Hugh Gormley, Jane Brennan, Jessica Paré, Jim Broadbent, John Crowley, Julie Walters, Oscar nominated, Saoirse Ronan. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.