Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent
Directed By: Jim Crowley
Release Date: November 25, 2015
Summary: A young Irish woman gets the chance of a lifetime to travel from her rinky-dink, small Irish town to all the way to Brooklyn, New York.
Brooklyn was something else. It was something that most romance stories aspire to be: a story not about love, but being in love along with the hardships of everyday life getting in your way. (Well, the hardships in the 50's and her moving to a new country and all that jazz)
Most take it over the top, but Brooklyn was real. Saoirse Ronan was a sight to see, not just looks-wise, but seeing her transform from this shy, naive, young woman from Ireland to this beautiful, strong, witty woman in Brooklyn. She literally was the whole movie, sure the supporting characters weren't too bad, but Saoirse was the whole movie and it's not a bad thing because she's so wonderful.
I've never read the book or even traveled out of the country, but I get what she's gone through because I've moved to the new town and I've created this new life for myself and it's great, but you have this unconscious need to want to be home and go back to your own life, but you can't because you aren't the old you, you're different.
This is portrayed beautifully in this movie, even though she's quite homesick and I don't get quite homesick, and there's even one scene in the film where she's back home and she's walking down the street all dolled up with cat eye sunglasses (which are a Coney Island must have or people will talk about you, according to one character) and this beautiful bright dress and you can see her brightness and you can also see that it seems she doesn't belong. That's what I'm talking about that this movie does.
While it may not appeal to many, it may appeal to most people who were once confined to a certain lifestyle and finally get that taste of freedom, Brooklyn is a wonderfully funny and engaging movie about not only finding yourself, but where you belong and the place you call home.