A film like Brooklyn is a film that’s impressive in how well its handled; there’s subtlety in its substance, emotion in its characters, and depth in its world. The story, revolving around a young Irish girl (Saoirse Ronan) torn between her home in Ireland and new residency in New York, and in turn her two lovers, isn’t in its own remarkable, but there’s a simplicity that makes Brooklyn so strong, and its capturing of life, in comedy and drama, is one of the most authentic films of the year.
Saoirse Ronan is stunning in this film, and she’s so remarkable in the fact that its not showy. There’s realism in Brooklyn, but the realism isn’t necessarily darkness; there’s triumph and beauty to the subtleties of life and in turn her performance. In supporting roles, Emory Cohen and Domhnall Gleeson are very strong, and while there’s certainly a predictable nature to where these characters could’ve gone, the film gives a natural progression of the characters, and the two performers give standout performances. The interlocking stories are paced very well, and the differences between Ireland and New York are illustrated with a certain grace and charisma.
Director John Crowley makes the film very aesthetic, it captures the beauty in simplicity, and the power of life. Nothing in the film feels cinematic, and its perhaps the power of the simple romance, drama, and life that makes the film so effective. Brooklyn is beautiful, heartfelt, and rings true to the idea of taking the most simple stories and making it a compelling tale. Grade: -A