This is a film I’ve been reading about all year. Everyone who has seen it simply adores it. And I must say, this film is adorable.
What do I mean by that, exactly? I mean that this is film is heartfelt, without being corny. It’s beautiful, without being sappy. It’s genuine, while being a fantasy.
I love this movie.
Based on the novel of the same name, Brooklyn follows an Irish immigrant in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. It stars a fresh face, Saoirse Ronan, in the lead role. In the director’s chair is another newcomer, John Crowley. Together, along with the rest of the cast and crew, these two tell a story that is simply magnificent.
First and foremost, my hat is off to Crowley. Through a simple elegance in his camera work, and brilliant direction of his actors, he is able to keep this story grounded. It could have easily been this year’s cheesy romance. It’s far from that, however; and I think it will warm the hearts of not only the wives who force their husbands to watch it with them, but the hearts of the husbands as well. I’m a 17 year old guy, and I found so much enjoyment in this movie. That really should not be the case, but it’s true! Crowley is able to suck you in at the beginning with subtle but striking scenes, and it’s that same striking subtlety that carries you through the rest of the movie without ever letting go.
A great credit is also owed to Ronan, who gives the best performance I’ve seen from any actress this year. She creates a character that the audience can so easily attach to, and root for, throughout the story. She conveys heartache, love, and regret perfectly. I do believe she’ll be getting many more scripts on her desk after this movie. This performance was a true bang with which to kick off her career.
Alongside Ronan is a fantastic supporting cast. The most notable among these is Emory Cohen, who plays the primary love interest of the story. He’s so fun, and so sweet, in his role as an “Italian fella” who falls head over heels for our protagonist. Like Ronan, we root for him. We want him to be with her just as much as we want her to be with him. Another stand out was none other than Domhnall Gleeson, who was truly had a stellar year. I feel like I’m typing his name over and over again for performance after performance, and each of them are fantastic. Here, he gives no less. He disappears into his role, despite his mass success this year. The rest of the cast is equally stellar; they are the heart and soul of this movie.
Yves Bélanger, the cinematographer, does an amazing job. His use of light and color contribute to the fairytale like atmosphere, and convey each setting with it’s own unique flavor. Another standout behind the scenes was the writer, Nick Hornby, who wrote a wonderful adaption. This is an intimate drama, but the events unfold in such a way that it’s never boring. Like I said at the beginning, you’re sucked in for the entire movie. That’s a mark of good writing if there ever was one.
Overall, I can’t say enough about Brooklyn. I truly adored this movie. It’s in limited release, so chances are you’d had to drive a little bit to see it. Even so, I’d say it’s worth it. This is easily one of my favorite films of the year, and one of the year’s best. I simply loved this movie on every level. And so for that I tell you…
Drop everything and go see this movie now!