Brooklyn – the film review

November 30th, 2015 | by Annie
Brooklyn – the film review

So I wasn’t expecting a Tom Cruise epic, a la “Far And Away” but I honestly must say that Brooklyn’s low budget marketing campaign made me believe it would be released in parallel with it’s debut on the Hallmark channel. But as luck would have it the film was more than excellent and provides those who’s understanding of the Irish culture might be limited to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and a one time bus ride tour through Dublin’s Temple Bar something shockingly beautiful and thought provoking. This film has cast authentic Irish people as the Irish charters so there’s nothing to distract from the story.

The film originated in book form in 2009 and having been written by Irish author Colm Tóibín the film is able to maintain it’s roots in authentic Irish life and the uniquely Irish cultural experiences along with the cheeky personalities and the choice a young girl must make between men from two different countries.

The fresh faced Saoirse Ronan plays our heroine, Eilis who with help from her Irish Catholic Priest (Matt Glynn) finds work in a department store on Fulton Street in Brooklyn.  At first Eilis feels homesick and finds life and work in America difficult, that is until she meets the warm, charming and smart Tony (Emory Cohen), who loves the Dodgers and his lovable Italian family. But just as Eilis begins to fall in love, some horrible news from Ireland has her returning home and slowly returning to the yearning of the arms of the Irish.  Cohen plays the role of Tony so well and refreshingly never drifts out of character. He is romantic and movie star good looking but he is able to chip his way into Eilis’ life without risk of becoming a wooden Zac Efron.

I can only highly recommend Brooklyn which is directed by John Crowley, produced by Fiona Dwyer and distributed under the Fox Searchlight banner.


One Comment

  1. Maggie says:

    Most enjoyable movie I’ve seen in ages, thanks for the recommendation! Love Saoirse!

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