Sappy and love movies aren’t particularly on my radar for movie selections. However, I do have a spouse and by her suggestion I ended up seeing what would be an excellent choice on her part, Brooklyn. In the end, I was quite pleased with the results and can expect several nominations for awards coming from this film.
Brooklyn follows a young Irish woman named Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) in the 1950s. Facing a future for limited success in life, Eilis’ sister wants nothing more then the best. Eilis is sent to New York to strive for a promising future in work and schooling. There, Eilis crosses paths with an Italian plumber named Tony (Emory Cohen) who she falls madly in love with, but later faces temptations from another man back home. The successful man, Jim Farrell (Domhnall Gleeson) attempts to win over Eilis’ affection, as Eilis struggles with deciding what is best for her life.
This film is filled with passion and a strong connection to the actors. I had several moments tying the film to my personal life and love. Saoirse Ronan has a fantastic performance. She has undoubtedly become a terrific actress. Most remember her from the film Hannah, but after Brooklyn I believe she will be well-known for her lead actress nomination that I am sure is coming from her role. I strongly suggest Brooklyn as a “date night” movie. You and your loved one will enjoy the film and of course each others company.