After months of not seeing a film, I watched as Eilis, an Irish immigrant, crossed the Atlantic and landed in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly fell into a new romance. When her past catches up with her, however, she had to choose between two countries, the lives that exist within and make the hardest decision of her young life.
The lead actress, Saoirse Ronan, plays her role meticulously while also constantly setting the tone of the film. Her delicate and sincere portrayal makes all Eilis’s issues, however selfish or insignificant they may seem at first, materialize in your mind, and makes you hope that her pain will somehow ease.
Emory Cohen shows his sensitive and charming side of his range portraying New York Italian plumber Tony. The natural chemistry between Eilis and Tony gives them the authenticity of a couple that you might actually know in real life.
While, Domhnall Gleeson’s characterization of Jim Farrell is haunting in a role that doesn’t call for many words or emotions. You can see the ache and pain in his movements, desperate for love and a feeling of being lost.
But what will cause viewers to fall in love is how Brooklyn was shot with a lovely yellow hue and soft palate, capturing the country and the city with stunning results. Each scene felt intimate, capturing the heart and emotion of every word spoken. The set designers captured every detail of the 50’s homes as if plucked from the time period themselves, along with transporting us to a foreign land we can only dream to visit. And finally, the music of Michael Brook’s soundtrack is a breathtaking swell of emotion, creating moments that will surely be worth purchasing.
I recommend this film is a remedy for anyone who is losing faith in good filmmaking. It is a splendidly sweet reminder that you can tell a great love story without resorting to excessive twists and effects. Brooklyn is a rare experience in today’s entertainment culture and a serious Oscar contender.