ByLane Fortenberry, writer at
Lamar University journalism graduate. Movie, TV and sweet tea enthusiast. Twitter: @laneee_y
Lane Fortenberry

Director: John Crowley

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson

Movie Review Score: 8ish

Homesick. We have all felt it, and continue to experience it when we venture off for a while. Not many of us have sailed across the ocean to a new country, torn apart from family and friends to begin a new life. Sometimes, a new romance can cure homesickness. They allow one to feel secure, like they made the right decision and loved, just like home. “Brooklyn” walks us through that daring experience.

The film is set in the 1950s through the eyes of a young Irish immigrant, Ellis (Saoirse Ronan), who decided to move to New York City for a better life and more opportunities, with the inspiration from her sister. Ellis is an aspiring accountant, just like her sister.

Ellis moves to Brooklyn from the advice of a fellow Irish woman, because that’s where most of the Irish immigrants move – so it would feel more like home. After being seasick, Ellis settles in her new boarding house with other Irish women and begins her new job. She shows signs of sadness and can’t keep her composure at work from being homesick.

A young Italian man, Tony (Emory Cohen), approaches her at a dance and asks her for a future date. Ellis finds comfort within Tony. He makes her happy again and fills the void from the absence of her family and friends back in Ireland. News at home sends Ellis back to Ireland for a while, but she promises to return to Brooklyn to be with Tony. Jim (Domhnall Gleeson) makes his case for Ellis back home. She gets tangled between the love for Tony and her family and must decide.

Saoirse Ronan and Emory Cohen in "Brooklyn" (2015)
Saoirse Ronan and Emory Cohen in "Brooklyn" (2015)

Saoirse Ronan gives a marvelous, caring performance in her role as Ellis. She makes us all feel a little homesick by her expressions and emotion. The way she speaks to Tony is a bit avant-garde compared to the norm we see in other romance movies, which is also a real credit to the writing. Ronan gives the epitome of performances. She cannot be praised enough, and has a real chance of winning the Best Actress Oscar.

Domhnall Gleeson’s career has blown up, and rightfully so. He shows his brilliant talent, even in a small role, like Jim in this film. Emory Cohen is very authentic in depicting, and looking, the part of a regular 1950s Italian man.

“Brooklyn” is absolutely one of the best of 2015 and definitely deserving of its Best Picture Oscar nomination. It’s a beautiful romance movie. Everyone will be trying their best Irish accent afterwards.


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