Director: John Crowley
By Sarah Stopforth
Brooklyn is a perfectly executed, simple story.
Saoirse Ronan stars as Eilis Lacey, a young Irish woman who is given the opportunity to immigrate to the United States in 1952, set for Brooklyn, New York.
At first, she struggles to adjust to her new surroundings; terribly lonely and homesick. But then, she meets someone (an attractive someone). After her life improves in Brooklyn, Eilis is forced to return home after tragedy strikes. While home in Ireland, she also meets someone and finds a good job – two things that she could not find before she moved to Brooklyn. Eillis must choose between her old home and her new home; and between two people.
One of these people is Domhnall Gleeson (better known as Bill Weasley from the Harry Potter films), in one of his many films out this year, with supporting roles in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ex Machina and The Revenant.
Saoirse Ronan was the perfect choice to play Eilis. She was born in The Bronx, and grew up in County Carlow, Ireland – holding both Irish and American Citizenship. Ronan is an incredible young performer, receiving her first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, at the age of twelve, in Joe Wright’s Atonement (2007). Ronan was then nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role, for Brooklyn.
The strong screen presence of two stunning places, New York and Ireland, makes the aesthetic of the film beautiful (especially since set in the early 1950s). The cinematography is faultless, taking you on a journey with Eilis, leaving home, which is something we all endure at some point in life, and crossing oceans.
In a world with ever expanding stakes, Brooklyn was refreshing with its simplicity.