Review: Brooklyn (2016)

A plot-technically flat film that moves deeply and brings out emotions when you don’t expect it. The Irish story gives an inside into a country probably most times overlooked and put down as English. Well cast, nicely told Brooklyn is likely the most uneventful film this Oscar season.

Saoirse Ronan as "Eilis" in BROOKLYN. Photo by Kerry Brown. © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved
Saoirse Ronan as „Eilis“ in BROOKLYN. Photo by Kerry Brown. © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

Life in Ireland is dull. Because Eilis doesn’t find a decent job she gets the opportunity to go to America, to be more exact Brooklyn. First homesick and unhappy, everything changes when she meets the Italian immigrant kid Tony. They fall in love and she finally feels at home. But their love is tested when Eilis has to go back to Ireland after an unexpected death in the family.

It’s not a bad film. Saoirse Ronan definitely deserves the nomination for Best Actress, but the film is lacking story, is lacking highs and lows. Watching felt like driving down a highway, you are driving up a hill, expect something exciting on the other side, but when you are up it’s just more road ahead.

Emory Cohen as "Tony" and Saoirse Ronan as "Eilis" in BROOKLYN. Photo by Kerry Brown. © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved
Emory Cohen as „Tony“ and Saoirse Ronan as „Eilis“ in BROOKLYN. Photo by Kerry Brown. © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

Still, I would be lying if I wouldn’t admit that I was deeply moved by the story and shed a couple too many tears. I know what you are thinking: Isn’t she contradicting herself? I might be, but that’s how I felt after watching the film. I didn’t want my time back, I was happy that I watched the film, that it moved me. But there were no surprises, you could predict the film and it just felt flat. No major surprises, no major highs or lows, everything fell quite mildly.

I like the „Irishness“ of the film, the accent, casting an Irish girl as the main character. Still, Brooklyn won’t win best film. If, I would be very surprised. It’s a solid 3 out of 5 stars kind of thing. Watchable, moving but just not THE film, THE movie, THE story.

Thanks for Reading.

Claudia

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