Slack Screening: BROOKLYN

Photo credit: moviemanjackson.com
Photo credit: moviemanjackson.com

Sometimes there are films that are just small. I don’t mean that they are insignificant or unimportant, but rather their story is one of the human experience and that is often simple and not overly dramatic. BROOKLYN is a beautiful, small film. It follows Eilis, played by the luminous Saoirse Ronan, a young woman from Ireland who moves to Brooklyn for a life of opportunity. She arrives in New York, misses her family, starts a job and meets new people. She learns and grows, and the journey is beautiful. Ronan is stunning. You can feel so keenly her pain, her hope, her joy and her discovery. After a tragedy, Eilis must return to Ireland and choose between the new life that she has built in Brooklyn or her past. 

Everything in the movie is well done – the direction, the actor’s performances, the screenplay, the cinematography. I found myself really invested in Eilis’ journey. And if I’m being honest, I am a GIANT hopeless romantic, and this film spoke directly to my inner romantic.

I have actually seen this movie twice. The first time was with my film club, and I was in the minority in loving it. After the movie, my friend who didn’t love it sent along these two articles.

http://www.newyorker.com/culture/richard-brody/the-sanitized-past-of-brooklyn

http://lithub.com/how-to-read-a-movie-like-a-book/

I thought they were both interesting reads, and I’m always interested in lively dialogue about movies!

Final thoughts: It’s not big, but it’s beautiful and well worth the watch. 

One comment

  1. Great review. Wasn’t Saoirse luminous? The perfect adjective.

    I, too, love a small film, and I particularly liked this one. The first half was the most compelling to me because it was the exploration of everything new mixed with the grief of longing for home. Saoirse played that transition and those conflicting emotions so believably.

    SPOILER ALERT. I lost some sympathy for her character in the last half simply because she was married. If she was choosing between a life/man in Brooklyn and a life/man in Ireland, then I would be all in. But once she was married, she made her choice. But maybe I’m more old-fashioned than most moviegoers. 🙂

    All in all, I loved it, too. Beautiful acting and filmmaking.

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