Brooklyn

Broklyn Poster

 

Directed by … John Crowley
Writing Credits Nick Hornby … (screenplay)
Colm Tóibín … (novel) (as Colm Toibin)
Music by …Michael Brook
Cinematography by …. Yves Bélanger

Runtime 111 minutes
Color Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1

Saoirse Ronan … Eilis
Emory Cohen …. Tony
Hugh Gormley … Priest
Brid Brennan … Miss Kelly
Jim Broadbent … Father Flood
Maeve McGrath … Mary
Emma Lowe … Mrs. Brady
Fiona Glascott … Rose
Jane Brennan … Mary Lacey
Eileen O’Higgins … Nancy
Peter Campion … George Sheridan
Eva Birthistle … Georgina

 

 

Tonight, despite a Latin final looming in tomorrow’s future, Brock Hall and I went to see “Brooklyn” tonight. Wow. It’s was amazing. Saoirse Ronan was gave a spectacular performance, easily one of the best of the year. The whole film – from the cinematography to the prod design to the costumes – it was all gorgeous. I was impressed that, under the Direction of John Crowley, the team was able to pull of an effective period film on such a small budget.

While the screenplay told a simple story, it did so with great emotional depth and beautiful dialogue. The plot is straightforward, we are shown a 20 something woman whose mother recognizes her future is in America, for in Ireland she will never reach her goals. Plans are made to send her to live in a church-sponcered rooming house filled with several other women with similar objectives. This is 1950s Brooklyn, before the freedom of the following decade, yet also not same level of restraints that met other earlier waves of immigrants. She is provided a job in a department store, and there are scenes of her coping with homesickness and the progression that each person undergoes as they become greater connected to America. Yes this is a romance, and the charaters are both likable as well as believable.
(Nick Hornby, the writer of such underrated works as High Fidelity (the book) and Wild (screenplay)). And lastly, I just want to emphasis that this movie is hilarious, sometimes not advertised well enough. We were both in stitches at multiple points while also bearing witness of great drama and, impossibly, even surprise. This Might be the best thing I’ve seen since Mistress America.

Is this movie somewhat traditional? Yes. Should you care? Absolutely not. See Brooklyn. It’s amazing.

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