Brooklyn is directed by John Crowley and stars Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, and Domnhall Gleeson. The film, based on the novel by Colm Tóibín of the same name, is about an Irish immigrant who moves to Brooklyn, New York in the 1950s, and she falls in love, but when she goes back to Ireland, she has to make a decision between her two lives.
This was a movie I had heard about due to the heavy praise it has been receiving, which of course made me excited to see the film myself. What are definite are the outstanding performances from the three leads.
Saoirse Ronan is excellent in the lead role, playing the Irish immigrant in a new place incredibly well. Ronan is able to subtly show various emotions at the right times, and it was easy to understand her character and her decisions.
Domnhall Gleeson and Emory Cohen are also both great in their respective supporting roles, each representing the two sides of Ronan’s life very well.
I am a huge fan of period pieces, and this film nails the 1950s look excellently. The cinematography and score both excellently add to the whole atmosphere, and director John Crowley handles all these cards exquisitely.
This is, quite simply, a beautiful romance film, one that is handled nearly as well as possible. With that being said, a romance can only go in so many places, so this film wasn’t as moving for me as I had hoped. The romantic conflicts are in no ways cheesy, they are, in fact, quite original, but that isn’t to say that I haven’t seen something similar to this story before.
I understand that this movie is based on a book, so there weren’t endless possibilities in making this story, and I don’t blame anyone involved for why this didn’t have a huge impact on me. This story is as good as romance stories come, but it is still just a love triangle in its core.
Overall, Brooklyn is well directed, well shot, and incredibly well acted throughout. Ronan, Cohen, and Gleeson are all terrific, and director John Crowley accurately set the scene and made a touching romantic story. However, I never fell in love with this movie as much as I wanted to, as it just didn’t feel unique enough to separate it from some already told romantic stories.
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