Brooklyn tells the story of Eilis Lacey set in the 1950s between Ireland and New York as she has to choose between two men and two countries.
One of the better films at the London Film Festival this year, Brooklyn is based off the book by the same name by. Even though it maybe of an Irish girl in a foreign city sixty plus years in the past, it still essentially tells a strong story of moving away from home to create a new life in somewhere unfamiliar, find love, and setting a course for your own future.
Although there is nothing new with this story, it works with these recurring themes well. It’s a charmingly sweet period drama penned beautifully by Nick Hornby.
Saoirse Ronan, who plays the lead Eilis, fulfils her role delicately and sincerly. She makes her characters issues, even though they may be selfish insignificant, makes the audience hope that her pain and homesickness may ease. Ronan continues to prove her acting strength years after her Oscar nominated performance for Atonement.
Right from the beginning, the characters feel real and relatable. Ronan almost towers over her partner, Tony played by Emory Cohen, but this factor is something that can easily be ignored as their natural chemistry gives them a true authenticity of a true life couple as opposed to the Hollywood ideal.
Brooklyn proves to restore faith in good filmmaking and a well told story without the excessive twists and effects with hardly a dull moment.