Friday, November 20, 2015

Brooklyn - Movie Review

Brooklyn  (PG-13) 111 mins B+
Home is Home

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Zegen, Emory Cohen, Mary O’Driscoll and Julie Walters

Isn't it funny how love goes? First, you're lonely... practically invisible. Then you meet someone, and suddenly everybody wants you. Now you're faced with a choice- love the one you're with or love the one you want to be with (the latter is always a gamble). That's the age-old conundrum at the center of Brooklyn, a film adapted from Colm Tóibín’s novel (screenplay by Nick Hornby) and directed by John Crowley.

Brooklyn is a straightforward romantic drama that's surprisingly tender and enchanting. It has all the makings of a run-of-the-mill immigrant love story. In the hands of Hornby and Crowley and starring the lovely Saoirse Ronan (Atonement and The Lovely Bones), the film rises above the typical Hollywood period piece/romantic drama. Set in the 1950s, the story follows young Eilis (Ronan) as she journeys from her small Irish town to America. Expectantly, there are challenges during her transition. Eilis is homesick and lonely when she's swept off her feet by Tony (Cohen), a humble but charming Italian plumber. Suddenly, America didn't seem so bad. But, when tragedy strikes in Ireland, Eilis must temporarily leave America. In Ireland, among family, friends and new possibilities, she has to decide if home is really where the heart is.

Yes, this film is soft and sentimental. However, something about it just feels right. Recommended.

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