During my turkey and pie induced Thanksgiving coma, I managed to get myself out of the house and stay awake long enough to get to the movies. I was choosing between Victor Frankenstein and Brooklyn and thankfully, Brooklyn won the debate. I say this because I managed to watch Victor Frankenstein for free and I’m so happy I didn’t pay. Not even my strong love for McAvoy and DRad could save that movie. But this post is about Brooklyn so let’s move on.
Brookyln, based on the book of the same name by Colm Tóibín, is about a young girl from Ireland who is sent to live in America to make a better life for herself in the 1950s. Where does she live? That’s right – Brooklyn! Anyone who knows me knows I’m a sucker for a period piece. Throw in a love story? I’m sold. The movie stars Saoirse Ronan who is all grown up now. You might remember her as playing one of the characters I hate the most in Atonement.
Ronan gives an excellent performance as Eilis (she is 110% more likeable in this film). The boarding house she ends up living in has a hilarious and sassy house mother played by Julie Walters who is also fabulous. And remember how I talked about a love story? So Eilis finds herself a nice Italian boy in Brooklyn named Tony (so Italian) who is a plumber, played by Emory Cohen. He is so adorable I just want him to feed me meatballs and fix my toilet. During an unexpected visit back home to Ireland, Eilis meets Jim, played by Domhnall Gleeson aka Bill Weasley aka the cutie from About Time. *Swoon*. And soon to be in the new Star Wars on the dark side. *Double swoon*.
What does she choose? Her new life in Brooklyn or the familiar comfort of home in Ireland? You’ll have to watch Brooklyn to find out! Currently it has a 98% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes and I agree.
Oscar movie season is coming. Next up: Macbeth.