Brooklyn (2015) Movie Review
“Home sickness is like most sicknesses. It will pass.”
When an Irish immigrant moves to Brooklyn, she quickly falls in love with a man. However, when she visits back home, she must make a life-changing decision that will affect those that she loves forever.
Brooklyn was a movie that I was looking forward to for a while. It had the Oscar buzz, and it seemed like an interesting watch. I went in with high expectations, yet was still shocked at the film’s beauty and emotion that it portrays throughout with essence, and a flawless lead actress.
Saoirse Ronan plays the main character in the movie, an Irish immigrant who finds herself in love. Ronan’s performance is astoundingly beautiful, and she brings life and realism into her character. Her performance also feels natural, not forced, but actually seemingly emotionally affected by what happens to her. The supporting cast is great as well, and everyone has an important role to play.
What I really liked about all of the characters was that they were well developed, and none were wasted or not important at all to the story. Even though some come and go, they all do something that carries the story forward and aren’t put to waste and are just there to be there. Eilis, our main character, is stuck between love and her character becomes relatable and for once, just for once, a modern love story in a film feels real. It was so beautiful, it felt real, her affection and what drew her towards her lover feels real. This entire movie feels real, not melodramatic or overly sappy like other recent romance fails (If I stay, Best of Me, or any other Nicholas Sparks movie) it is refreshing and nice to see a film that feels real, and paints a beautiful story that is touching.
The story in the film is so touching, and is a real life situation that many immigrants go through. Coming to America, getting adjusted to life, etc. It is also executed and directed in such a way that had me nearly crying at the end. The film took the beauty and poignancy to the next level, in a slow yet moving period drama that genuinely moved me and provides thought-provoking messages about family, love and choosing your life.
The script meets mastery achievements, and makes the story the film is trying to tell great. The musical score that is composed it also phenomenal, and I swear to god, there was one scene when an Irish man started singing, and it genuinely moved me and I almost started crying.
Overall, I obviously loved Brooklyn. My one flaw was that there were a few boring scenes in the first act, that honestly bored me so much I wanted to walk out. However, it was only for about a minute or so and the film quickly became great, and is always moving and touching. The story is so investing and touching, that any minor flaws quickly vanished and barely bothered the filmgoing experience. This is without a doubt, the best love story of the year, and quite honestly one of the best films of the year.
Brooklyn is a must-see triumph, thanks to it’s wonderful performances and the touching and realistic story, and finally a love story that is beautiful, and feels real and natural. It is an achievement in both technical and story aspects, and surprisingly smart at it’s edges.