Directed by John Crowley
In 1950s Ireland and New York, young Ellis Lacey has to choose between two men and two countries.
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★★★½ review by davidehrlich on Letterboxd
imagine THE IMMIGRANT as written by Nicholas Sparks and you'll be on the right track. ...but much more charming than that sounds. it's lightweight stuff with all sorts of issues, and it's absolutely insane that this can't be a studio film in the current climate, but Saoirse Ronan sells every damn second of it.
★★★★ review by brat pitt on Letterboxd
me, watching this & crying about moving back to college that's only 2 hours away from my hometown: (sighs dramatically) my life is just as hard as emigrating from ireland to brooklyn by boat in 1951
★★★★½ review by Travis Lytle on Letterboxd
Lovely, moving, and completely involving, John Crowley's "Brooklyn" plays like a prestige picture from the past but with a contemporary sensibility. Unfolding in the early 1950s, the drama examines the concept of home and, most importantly, the idea that home is most profound recognized when it is of one's own making.
Following Saoirse Ronan's Eilis, a young Irish woman who leaves her home for the more vibrant economic opportunities of the US, "Brooklyn" revolves around Eilis's attempt to find her way in a new country while holding on to her Irish roots. Nick Hornby's screenplay tosses in romance, loss, and temptation, but narrative is steadfastly grounded and elevates its triter touches.
The story's theme provides the film with its emotional center and heartbeat. The drama's examination of home and whether it is the place of one's birth and personal traditions or it is what one creates for herself fuels the piece. Again, what could have been handled with a trite touch is communicated with grace and soulfulness.
Crowley's film pays attention to detail and builds a world rich in the sights and sounds of what once was. Sets, props, and accents sell the Brooklyn of the mid-century. It is a lush and visually inviting world where colors and textures pop on a canvas of brick and grass.
Crowley's cast is excellent, and Ronan makes a centered, quietly impassioned, and likable protagonist. She anchors the drama but is surrounded by solid turns by Emory Cohen, Julie Walters, and Jane Brennan.
"Brooklyn" follows in the tradition of the best costume dramas, but there is nothing stuffy or stiff about the film. It is a pleasing, touching, and fully realized tale that benefits from a fresh sense of self, well-placed cast, and delightful visual signature. "Brooklyn" is a completely enjoyable piece of work.
★★★★★ review by bel on Letterboxd
an emotional rollercoaster is what this is
★★★★½ review by Jordan Rowe on Letterboxd
Gorgeously-shot and emotionally rich, "Brooklyn" is a nuanced, moving, heartfelt story about love and family, carried by a terrific central performance from Saoirse Ronan.
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