Gaining strong reviews and traction for being one of the best films of this year, with Saoirse Ronan also gaining a lot of buzz, 'Brooklyn' tells the story of young Irish immigrant Eilis (Ronan) as she travels to America for a better life.
There, she falls in love with Tony (Emory Cohen), who helps her recover from her homesickness. But when tragic news from home travels to Brooklyn, Eilis returns to Ireland and rediscovers what she had left behind.
'Brooklyn' explores the themes of what home is, what makes someone leave a place, and how the people around you can change that. Set in two contrasting cultures, America and Ireland in the 1950s, these places are almost like characters in themselves in which Eilis interacts with.
The plot, though linear, shows Eilis' emotional journey through homesickness, love, loss, regret, and letting go. A relatable and likeable heroine, Eilis is a character that resonates; and a powerful scene at the end makes up for the lull in the middle.
Saoirse Ronan- Eilis
Emory Cohen- Tony
Domhnall Gleeson- Jim
Also stars Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters.
Saoirse Ronan carries the movie and gives a strong performance, worthy of recognition, but feel she is being shoehorned into the awards race this season. Let's hope Ronan will be offered better roles just like this from now on.
'Brooklyn' is a simple and light tale of a girl who finds her identity and 'home'. Led by Saoirse Ronan, the film raises some potent questions and offers an engaging look at life and values in two contrast places in the 1950s, Brooklyn and Ireland.