Brooklyn is a beautiful romance story, based off a novel by Colm Toibin and is directed by John Crowley. The film stars the perfectly poised Saoirse Ronan as Eillis, a naive young Irish immigrant that is obligated to travel to America, Brooklyn, New York to be exact, to make a better life for herself, her mother and her sister. Eillis has never left Ireland, and when she boards the boat to head to Ellis Island, she sobs with sadness and fright. The fear of the unknown for a young girl is scary. But, after a few months of finally settling into her new life, she meets Tony a charming Italian, born and raised Brooklyn man. He swiftly sweeps her off her feet and the audience is rooting for their romance to flourish from the beginning. But, when a turn of events occur back home in Ireland, Eillis is forced to leave Brooklyn. While back in Ireland, Eillis gets accustomed back to life there and then needs to decide if home is really in Ireland and if she could really go back to Brooklyn and to Tony.
The tone of this film, has nostalgia written all over it. This film is cinematically beautiful, and the tale of the story is equally so. It’s a period drama done right. It brings light to what it must have been like for families back in the 1950s to struggle and have to fight with the knowledge that they are suffering to live and they refuse to let their children suffer as well.
Saoirse Ronan’s performance as Eillis is absolutely breathtaking. She encompasses everything a sophisticated young woman at that age, in that era should be. She was fearless and intelligent, and yet she lit up the screen with her innocence and naivety. Ronan’s performance was heart wrenching, and she was mesmerizing to watch as her tragic life begins to unravel. She whole heartedly carries this film with grace and brilliance. Just witnessing her superb performance is reason enough to catch Brooklyn.
Brooklyn is unlike any of the other films nominated in the best picture category for the Academy Awards. It centers heavily on romance, and two men vying for the love of one tragic female. It showcases the beauty of how charming life was during that time period, and at times how difficult it was as well. The storyline is not complex, there is no action, and the audience isn’t really sitting at the edge of their seat with thrill, but it’s still phenomenal. It is soaked with charm and soul, and the fact that it is so unlike any of the other films, make it that much more enjoyable.
In conclusion, Brooklyn is highly recommended for anyone who enjoys films with fantastic acting, a great story line, and romance. Also to anyone who enjoys a film whose story is engulfed with beauty, and the thought that one young girl can have the power to ultimately take care of an entire family, just by taking an adventure across the Atlantic and stepping foot into one of the greatest cities in the world.