*Gotta review one more movie, The Hateful Eight. After that, I’ll make a post about the best films of the year.*
It turns out that true romance stories set in long-ago periods are officially not dead yet. This historical period drama directed John Crowley was initially given a limited release in Ireland on November 6, 2015, before gaining a much wider release later that month. Grossing just over $30 million against it’s $10 million budget, the film also garnered strong reviews at the Sundance Festival. Based upon Colm Toibin’s award-winning novel of the same name, we’re taken back to the 1950s as a young woman named Ellis Lacey moves to the U.S. from Northern Ireland, an arrangement made by her older sister to give her a better future. Living in a board house in Brooklyn, she starts falling for an Italian-American named Tony Fiorello. At a point, her past catches up, and she has to decide between two different men and two different countries. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not an ardent fan of romance movies set in periods from a long time ago. Hence why I could never get into Downton Abbey or Jane Austen. But Brooklyn is different from those type of love stories. It represents a time when two very different cultures couldn’t have been farther apart. The Irish and the Italians constantly feuded with one another throughout the 20th century, so to see a movie about two people from both cultures fall in love with one another is really sweet. And the movie looks pretty as well. Especially the scenes in Ireland, there’s just a fluorescent beauty in the natural light used for interior shots and on the countryside. The ever-flowing green pastors make you feel like you’re watching the Lord of the Rings movies. The actors all did a wonderful job in their respective roles, big or small. Saoirse Ronan as Ellis Lacey is completely convincing as a young woman who moves to an unfamiliar land she has to call home. She deserves her Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, though whether or not she wins against Brie Larson or Jennifer Lawrence is anyone’s guess. Emory Cohen was great as Tony, her American love. And Domnhall Gleeson showcases his talent as an athlete on the verge of inheriting property. Gleeson has had a successful year in 2015, with Ex Machina, Brooklyn, The Revenant, and even Star Wars starting to introduce him to mainstream audiences. Lastly, the primary theme of Brooklyn seems to be chasing the American Dream. Ellis goes to America with hopes of a better future, and dreams of living with Tony for the majority of the film. Overall, Brooklyn is a poignant period drama that can tug at the heartstrings of even the toughest of filmgoers.