Brooklyn’s leading romantic duo (Saoirse Ronan and Emory Cohen) will tug at your heartstrings and satisfy the mind. It’s one of the best films of the year.
With the universal acclaim from critics (98% on Rotten Tomatoes), Brooklyn should have easily scored multiple Golden Globe noms this year. Unfortunately, the Golden Globes decided to snub this beautiful period drama and grant it with only one nomination (Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, Ronan). This is a catastrophe because Brooklyn is not only a burning love story, but also a film that captivates the lives of Irish immigrants coming over to the United States for a better life during the '50s.
With recent events going on in the world today, for me, Brooklyn was an important history lesson and also teaches us the value of life in human beings. It shows us people searching for a better life, one that they think can restore in the U.S.A. Change is different, change is hard and change is good. Through Brooklyn, we get a first hand experience through the eyes of Eilis Lacey (Ronan). Eilis is an Irish girl traveling to New York City in the means to start fresh because she is economically strapped back in Ireland.
Change is hard on Eilis because she is not only leaving her homeland behind, but also leaving her mother and sister behind as well. Lonely and innocent, Ronan gives us a knockout performance as she did in her past films: The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Lovely Bones, Atonement and Hanna. Set in 1952, director John Crowley (Boy A, Intermission) craftily captures the heart and soul of New York City.
Beautifully shot and elegantly told, Brooklyn’s undertone is, of course, the love connection between Eilis and Tony (Cohen), an Italian plumber. Eilis meets Tony at a local dance. Eilis catches Tony’s eye and our love story begins there. Cohen is dynamite in the role as he exclaims, “he has a thing for Irish girls.” Ronan and Cohen’s chemistry mesh and send the film soaring is new directions.
Of course, life is not easy and Eilis faces new challenges in her life when a family crisis comes up back from her homeland. What will she do? Can Eilis really go home again? While, Tony comforts her and says, “home is home.” This passionate film hits some deep notes towards the end. Come on Oscars; don’t let me down this year! You’ll cheer, you’ll cry and you’ll love Brooklyn.
Brooklyn is rated PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned). For a scene of sexuality and brief strong language.