So Brooklyn is the movie retelling from a book of the same name about a girl named Eilis (Eye-lish) played by Saoirse Ronan of The Host who lives in Enniscorthy, Ireland, and has gotten accepted to work at a clothesline in Brooklyn, New York. Why? She can't really find work. This is actually not far-fetched one bit. I live in a town where there's not new work every day exactly, but in a big city, even if there's competition, there's always new jobs pending so being accepted one you can't pass up. She's scared, leaving her country and her family for the very first time and not knowing when she'll ever return. To her, New York will be like the cabin-mate she earns for the night on the boat; tenacious but maybe a little untrustworthy and crazy. She is welcomed into an Irish boarding house owned by Mrs. Keogh, and, well, Eilis has dreamed of being an accountant? Will she one day make it there? Will she find her new life accustomary? And will it maybe leave a mark in her heart somehow?
Now, I'm not the hugest fan of drama movies. I can appreciate them and I can name plenty off the bat that I love, but they're usually a secondary genre in that said movie. And I've come to see that in the entertainment world, primarily in books, people can get impatient and angry for a whiny and overly conflicted character. This movie blows that idea out of the sand and leaves it to rot. I didn't find Brooklyn to be an absolutely perfect film; There are only two things the movie gets wrong (a character is left on the sidelines and forgotten about, a character death is never given any hints about and felt pasted on.) Everything else is tightened and tapping exactly to the beat. I really can't imagine anyone not connecting to Eilis when they go away to college forget their first job unless they're the richest 1%. Not only that, but like Nanny McPhee, it has breathtaking cinematography, realistically+timefully colourful sets and screenplay that what would otherwise be a dragging story is an investing story you don't want to leave. I'm Canadian. I imagined how I would feel if I was living in, say, London. I think I'd feel different. I might even try to disguise my accent; I'm okay at it but can't really tell if I can break a straightforward tune. Great movies make me watch what I am seeing and imagining the idea around the story in other ways.
Along the way, I realized this was sort of like a movie and a half put into one but didn't mind too much. When tragedy strikes, it is quite the tragedy and all of a sudden everything is questioned and the movie flips upside down and lets the waves fall as they flow. You then realize this whole movie was patronizing and it was no longer going to be. I even sort of wanted it to be longer so I could let myself think about Eilis's conflict that arose from an act that shouldn't have made a difference but made the hugest difference in the world. A lot of superhero movies have a lot at stake but they're less than comparable to the decisions Eilis must come to that could break a heart or several hearts, could change her world forever, and by the time the ending came...I cried. I mean, I sobbed. I don't know where it came from. The tears weren't all happy either. Bonnie and Clyde actually passed away eighty-one years ago on the day I'm typing this, and if you watch this movie and make it to the end, by the end you'll (almost certainly, me and the critics actually agree for once on this one) feel the same sense of dread as if you were one of their friends, but you also sense a hint of joy undeniably there. And you'll ask yourself...Would you sacrifice everything, for the person you love? So...this is the only movie that got nominated for Best Picture last year that I think really deserved a spot.