“Brooklyn” review


From IMDB (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2381111/)

An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a new romance. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

Written by Nick Hornby (screenplay), Colm Toibin (novel)

Directed by John Crowley

Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, Julie Waters, Emily Bett Rickards, Fiona Glascott…


I was lucky enough to see a screening of Brooklyn last night. I was entirely sure what to expect, but the trailer was interesting enough to force me to attend the screening.

And, boy, am I glad I did.
Otherwise, I might have missed what is, by far, the best movie I have seen this year.

Brooklyn is the reason that we all go to the movies in the first place. It is beautifully shot, impeccably acted, and its main characters develop naturally, slowly, without being rushed or clichéd.

The best thing about Brooklyn is that nothing that happens to any of the characters is truly out of the ordinary.

The film tells the mundane, yet poignant, story of any life, of how our vision for our lives is never quite the way they actually go, and of how, too often, the choices we make and the choices we don’t make can meet in ways we can’t possibly imagine, but in ways with which we must come to grips, and force us to choose whether we will make those same choices.

There is so much that is beautiful to watch in Brooklyn:  from the cinematography to the incredible performances, there is nothing about this movie I would change.

I have never written reviews like the mainstream movie folks, but if I did, here are the blurbs they would take from it:

“an exquisite film,”

“Saoirse Ronan is Oscar gold.”

In year full of dinosaurs, superheroes, and jedi, take a moment to breathe, find out where Brooklyn is playing in your area, and realize that this is the movie we all claim to want to see when we complain about the endless sequels, prequels, reboots, and video game adaptations coming out of Hollywood.

A+/4 stars/2 thumbs up/go see this movie.


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