RELEASED 2015 RUNTIME 112 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION JOHN CROWLEY SCREENPLAY NICK HORNBY STARRING SAOIRSE RONAN, EMORY COHEN, DOMHNALL GLEESON, JIM BROADBENT, JULIE WALTERS, BRID BRENNAN, JANE BRENNAN, FIONA GLASCOTT, JESSICA PARE, EILEEN O’HIGGINS, JENN MURRAY, EMILY BETT RICKARDS MUSIC MICHAEL BROOK
Brooklyn tells the story of Ellis (Saoirse Conan), an Irish girl who decides to emigrate to Brooklyn sometime around the 50’s and leave her friends and loving family behind. In Brooklyn she hopes to find purpose, while meeting the love of her life Tony (Emory Cohen), an Italian guy from the lower Eastside. But will she stay in NY with Tony or will the homesickness force her back to Ireland?
There has been numerous very good romance dramas this year. While Carol and The Danish girl have a social undertone to them, Brooklyn is definitely the most conventional of the bunch, but also the most fun and lighthearted.
This movie sucked me in for the first 80 minutes or so and didn’t let go. The story reminded me so much of myself when I moved to the states in 2008 because essentially the same feelings were going through my head. Am I ready to leave everything behind? Will I get homesick? Will people accept me?
If you are somebody who moved to another country across the ocean by yourself you will immediately identify with everything going on in the film.
Also, it was so nice to see a movie without a single bad person in it (maybe except one, but she had a minor role). Every character is so nice and friendly. Even the ones you think are looking creepy, immediately turn out to be the complete opposite. It’s a very feel good movie overall.
But then there was one scene that really took me out and made me angry at Eilis, our main protagonist. If you have watched the movie then maybe you know, but if you don’t then let me just say, it has something to with letters while her being in Ireland. I got so mad that I had trouble to get drawn back into the story. I just thought “fuck you Eilis, you don’t deserve shit!” I really struggled for the last 30 minutes of the movie to get back into, but THANK GOD the story ended the way I was hoping for, which was such a relief.
So, in the end I enjoyed this movie a lot, but I never recovered completely from this one section. Therefore, I just can’t score it higher than an 8, even though I was ready to give it a good 9.
On the other hand, the fact that I got so angry is a testament to the movie that it made me care so much for the story.
So, in a way I am bitching about something that should be held up as a positive in the filmmakers eyes. But still, even thinking about the scene infuriates me. Maybe I’m overreacting, or maybe I’m too nice of a guy that something like that upsets me so much >( watch the movie and you may guess what I’m talking about and judge me later by it