STARRING – Saoirse Ronan, Julie Walters, Emory Cohen
DIRECTOR – John Crowley
CERT – 12A
Brooklyn is now showing at the Garden City Cinema in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.
Based on Colm Tóibín’s novel and a screenplay by Nick Hornby, Brooklyn is the story of an Irish immigrant trying to start a new life in America in the 50’s.
Saoirse Ronan is Eilis Lacey, a young girl moving to America. Her family want the best for her, as there is little for her in Ireland, so she’s packed off to New York where she lives in a boarding house for young women. She gets a job in a large department store and takes night classes to learn bookkeeping.
Unsure of this move to America Eilis must overcome her homesickness and adapt,which she does over time. She makes friends and spends her weekends at the dance hall with the other girls she lives with. It’s here she meets Tony (Emory Cohen) an Italian American plumber (with a hilarious younger brother who steals every scene he’s in – James DiGiacomo) who falls in love with her, but Eilis is cautious.
Through her time in America she slowly transforms from a timid girl to a confident young woman but things take a turn when she must return to Ireland and Eilis finds herself torn between her old familiar life and her new life in America.
Brooklyn is a mild, rather simple story but the theme of ‘where is home?’ is one that a lot of people can identify with, I know I did. I liked Eilis as a main character, she’s complex and doesn’t always react the way you might expect. I love Saoirse Ronan’s subtle way of conveying emotion with just a look, a fading smile.
Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent are well cast in their small roles and while it’s not normally the sort of film I would choose to watch, it was good. Although, I disagree with all the Oscar hoo-ha surrounding it. Go see the film and tell me if you think it’s Oscar worthy…if you care about the Oscars that is!
Click the link to book tickets to see Brooklyn at the Garden City Cinema