DVD Review: Brooklyn
Eilis, an Irish immigrant, (Saoirse Ronan) lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local (Emory Cohen). When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.
Many romantic dramas draw you in with their grand gestures, impossibly charming characters and dramatic narrative climaxes, but not Brooklyn. I think the charm of ‘Brooklyn’, is how mundane everything is. You are literally just witnessing a portion of a pretty average Irish girl’s life.
Eilis isn’t charming or quirky. She’s quiet, polite and sincere. Saoirse Ronan has done an amazing job of creating a fascinating character out of seemingly boring traits. It’s all in the subtle expressions and gradual confidence that builds in Eilis as she finds her feet in a new country. While settling in to her new life, a young Italian man, Tony, arrives on the scene. The courtship between the two is simple and plain in the best way. It’s familiar, like a relationship you’ve seen forming between your own friends. They see some movies, go out to dinner and she meets his parents.
Tony isn’t especially good-looking or witty, he’s just eager to settle down and has a particular fondness for Irish girls. I haven’t seen Emory Cohen in anything before and I think that’s probably why I enjoyed him as Tony so much. He’s not the kind of love interest you end up wanting posters of on your wall, but witnessing them together just feels nice.
Eilis returns to Ireland due to a family tragedy, and meets Jim (Domhnall Gleeson), a single man living in a big house alone (who her mother is trying to set her up with). Domhnall Gleeson was such a nice surprise! I really like him so it was hard for me not to root for him over Tony. But again, nothing much happens, Eilis just seems to be in limbo for a while as she decides whether or not she will return to America.
It’s hard to explain the exact appeal of Brooklyn and if you’re looking for an emotional rollercoaster, you won’t find it here! From what I’ve written it may sound dull –It is anything but! It’s warm and inviting, the kind of film that leaves you feeling content, relaxed and surprisingly happy!
Rating: M Sex scenes and offensive language.