Movie Review – ‘Brooklyn’

The year’s most romantic movie!  “Brooklyn” is the land-based film version of “Titanic”.

– Patrick King, REEL BRIEF


2015’s most romantic film scores with adventure, humor and international appeal. Based upon Colm Toibin’s best seller by the same name as the film, viewers are quickly immersed into this beautifully shot journey of a young girl from Ireland setting her sights on New York City in the 1950s.

Irish actress Saoirse Ronan plays Eilis Lacey, who decides to leave her mother and sister behind in Ireland for a shot at the shining beacon called America. The 21-year old actress, who received an Academy Award nomination for 2007’s “Atonement”, delivers her best performance to date in “Brooklyn”–showcasing Eilis’ vast character growth and spirit.


In the film’s beginning we find a meek, soft-spoken and unpolished young Eilis having homesickness and difficulty adjusting to her new job in New York City. A precise script from Oscar nominated Nick Hornby (for last year’s “Wild”) carefully matures the courageous and determined Eilis from mere adventurer into an independent thinker and strong woman.

A moving film that’s spectacularly shot, “Brooklyn” brings us a hopeful story about a girl who bets against long odds and wins. This charming plot tosses in complicated new surroundings, friends and admirers for Eilis, while tastefully adding love into the mix–along with heavy doses of resolve. When people doubt Eilis’s abilities, she grows stronger and more successful. When people object to her decisions, Eilis only gets smarter and more attuned to her feelings.

Always finding help and advice from others, the quick-learning Eilis must weigh love interests from men on different continents. Wisely, though, director John Crowley never makes “Brooklyn” solely about romance or the cultural differences between Ireland and the U.S.A. Instead, Crowley and “Brooklyn” focus only on Eilis and her life’s experiences during her most trying and difficult times; the enchanting premise of a girl willing to leave her comfort zone of family, friends, society for the potential of a better future.

Romantically, “Brooklyn” is the land-based film version of “Titanic”. Two young people, from widely different backgrounds, brought together by adventure and happenstance. Their unlikely match marked by tragedy, heartbreak and love.

Enjoyable for its quick wits, top-notch performances and fascinating look at an Era long pasted, “Brooklyn” shines bright. Very bright. An authentic and exceptional cast combines with a splendid screenplay for a timeless—yet somewhat predictable–underdog bout. Saoirse Ronan’s stellar portrayal of the head-strong fighter, Eilis, deserves to be included in any 2015 Best Actress talk. Likewise, look for Nick Hornsby’s script to be nominated in the Best Adapted Screenplay category.

Grade: A

“Brooklyn” is rated PG-13 for a scene of sexuality and brief strong language.  Its running time is 1 hour and 51 minutes.

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