Saturday, November 28, 2015

Brooklyn Movie Review

Saoirse Ronan stars in Brooklyn

Ronan Makes a "Splash!"

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: Brooklyn tells the profoundly moving story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother's home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. Directed by John Crowley. Co-stars Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters.

It's not often I'm blown away by a sentimental movie; but Crowley's Brooklyn is darn near perfect, thanks in great part to an Oscar-worthy/likely performance by Ronan and a story that literally hits close to home. There's drama, laughter, love, sadness... You name it. Ronan's sensational, slowly (and brilliantly) transforming into a worldly young woman; and her co-stars (particularly Cohen & Walters) are charming, sincere & equally wonderful. Superb lines ("I'm talking too much: Tell me about plumbing,") and simple scenes (boarding house meals, dances, pasta-eating lessons) resonate throughout, resulting in smiles aplenty. Easily one of 2015's best films.