Review: Brooklyn (2015)

My Plot review: Recommended
Star rating: Star rating of 5

Brooklyn poster

"Brooklyn is stunning. Small town Irish vibes at the forefront, with 50's New York as the backdrop. Ronan was an excellent lead, unwavering."

I've come to realise that I'll give a film the full rating (★★★★★ or 10/10) not because it's the best film I've ever seen, but because I don't believe it could've been improved in any way.

Brooklyn joins my own personal ★★★★★ list, along with Youth, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and Whiplash (to name a few), with my only wish being that it continued for hours more...

The world Brooklyn envelopes us in is 1950's post-war Ireland, with our protagonist Eilis feeling somewhat lost, or lacking purpose, that she has no real future in her hometown. Eilis is sent to live in Brooklyn in a boarding house ran by Julie Walters' character Mrs. Keogh, and to work in a fancy department store. The first part of the film deals heavily with Eilis feeling lost in Ireland, but also homesick in Brooklyn. However, the tone takes a shift when she meets Tony, an Italian who grew up in Brooklyn. Suddenly Eilis has a happy distraction, something in Brooklyn that doesn't remind her of Ireland.

The second phase of the film is vibrant, romantic and full of classy New York. The two fall quickly in love and Eilis begins to settle in her new life.

Unfortunately, a family death brings her back to Ireland and the same people that seemed initially supportive of her Brooklyn venture, now appear to be pulling her back to her Irish roots.

Eilis meets Domhnall Gleeson's character Jim, and begins experiencing feelings of conflict. Could this be the life, with Jim, that she longed for before heading to Brooklyn, or has she outgrown her small hometown and is ready to make her new life in Brooklyn?

Brooklyn was captivating, charming and warm. I didn't want it to end. Saoirse Ronan was unwavering and commanding as the lead, holding up the movie with an enormous sense of elegancy and class. The screenplay was brilliantly devised by the wonderful Nick Hornby, bringing a sense of authenticity to the dialogue. Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters as ever, bolstering up the performance calibre with their presence.

Brooklyn met, and exceeded, all expectations I had for it. Add this one to your watchlist for sure.