Format: Blu Ray
Release Date: 2016
With my two little ones, there were very few Oscar nominated films that I was able to watch last year. "Brooklyn" is one of the ones that I was dying to see and after watching it, my want to watch this movie was not unwarranted. The movie is based on the book by Colm Toibin (I tried to get the book from the library prior to watching the movie but the wait list is ridiculously long so the timing did not work out). Brooklyn tells the story of a young woman who leaves everything and everyone she knows in Ireland for a new life in Brooklyn, New York. She is torn between both countries and the movie explores her old ties to Ireland and new ties she is building in the United States.
I loved this story. Saoirse Ronan plays the main character and she's wonderful. She shows the viewer how torn she is between wanting to go back to everything she knows in Ireland and everything she is learning in Brooklyn. She goes from a very shy young woman to a much more worldly person. I also loved the romance in the movie. It's absolutely wonderful to see how the characters fall in love; this is truly a story for my fellow romantics!
This is a gorgeous movie. In a way, it feels like a love letter to the Brooklyn of the mid 20th century, which played host to so many immigrants at that time. The scenery is gorgeous. The costumes are particularly stunning in the way they change as the characters change. They definitely evoke the time! I would love to get my hands on some of the midi skirts in the movie - really stunning!
This is a great movie to get lost in! I still want to go back and read the book but as the movie stands by itself, it is a fantastic pick for anyone looking to be swept away!