BROOKLYN 2/2016

BROOKLYN tells the profoundly moving story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother’s home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist.

WE LIKED IT! A coming of age story set against the backdrop of an Irish girl immigrating to America, “Brooklyn” reminds you how great this country was for Europeans in the mid 20th century and how great it continues to be for those from countries with less opportunity trying to make a living here. Mrs. Q thinks: There is not a false note through the entire movie — the girls and the boarding house mistress are not the evil stepsisters another movie would have made them, but a funny and protective group guiding the girl as she adjusts to life in the New World and she remembers to do the same for the newbie she encounters. That you are so invested in the young girl getting over homesickness, falling in love, and having to decide between Ireland and New York tells you something about this movie. The chemistry between her and the Italian American boy she meets in New York could not have been better. I also enjoyed the film’s score and costume design — the pastel colors of the dresses. One might think this is a “chick flick” but not so since the Mr. enjoyed it also.

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