Brooklyn (2015)

Here is a new one that may definitely make some noise around Oscar time. Ellis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) is a young girl from Ireland who is getting very tired of what she is doing with her life. She wants to get out in the world and see what other opportunities may arise for her. Ellis decides to get on a boat and travel to America to go to Brooklyn, New York. At first, she becomes very scared, lonely, and home-sick. After some time, Ellis starts to finally get used to the way things are done in American and most importantly, New York. Ellis works as a cashier at a jewelry store. After things start going well for her, she catches the eye of a young, Italian man, Tony (Emory Cohen). Even though the two have completely different backgrounds, Ellis decides to give it a try. Problems arise when Ellis has to return back to Ireland for unfortunate circumstances, which then forces her to reconsider some decisions she has been making with her life. Now she is in a tough position on deciding whether or not to go back to Brooklyn or stay in Ireland.

At first, Brooklyn had me wondering if I was going to be bored or if it could actually turn out to be a really solid and well made movie. Fortunately, it turns out to be one of the most touching and moving films you will see this year. Everything about this film is very unique and interesting. What I liked most about this was that it never lost what it was going for and always stayed in the right time period, which was the mid-twentieth-century. I really enjoyed how this movie had many moments of uplifting scenes, but also had a few that dealt with tragedy in a young girls life and the sacrifices she may have to make in order to keep everyone happy, including herself. Believe it or not, this movie is actually very inspiring and may possibly inspire you to go make a change with your life. I think that is where the writing comes into play here. Nick Hornby is someone who absolutely deserves a nomination for his writing with Brooklyn. 

The role that Saoirse Ronan portrays in this film may be some of the best acting you will see all year out of any film. Her performance is something that I mainly saw this movie for, but I am also sincerely glad I did for other reasons now. I think Ronan gave what is her best performance to date and she absolutely deserves an Oscar nomination, and may even deserve to win. From what I have seen so far, I think the two frontrunners are Brie Larson, who starred in Room, and Ronan. It’s definitely going to be a tough decision on who to give this award to, but I am glad I was able to see these two performances. I really enjoyed how this movie continuously introduced us to some new characters and went into some depth with them. Character development is something that I love to see out of movies, and I think Brooklyn did a great job with that.

I really am shocked by how much I actually enjoyed this movie. As I said, I went into this with not too high expectations, but I left pretty stunned. Brooklyn was almost everything you want to see out of a good movie. Not only was it absolutely hysterical at some points, but it also tells an unbelievable story about someone who is trying to find herself and what her purpose in life is. Brooklyn is nothing short of a terrific and coming-of-age drama that everybody should go see. Even though it seems like it could be some sappy, old-fashioned love story, it’s about so much more and is truly inspiring. The message behind this movie is the main reason why I think everybody should go and see it. It’s something that everybody can value from when it explains how life is truly important and great. If this is in a theater near you, I highly recommend going to see this.

Overall, Brooklyn stuns everybody in this beautiful, funny, and heartfelt coming-of-age drama that will not only inspire you, but will make you truly appreciate life and how you have a true purpose for what you are doing.

Grade: A


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