The Coincidental Critic

Exploring the art of storytelling.

Brooklyn: The Charming Tale of a Quiet Girl in a Loud World


The perfect way to describe Brooklyn is subtle.  The acting, cinematography, costumes, and make-up all portrayed that.

Brooklyn was set in the 1950s–one of my favorite time periods.  Brooklyn provided lots of insight into the culture of the 50s, with an obvious focus on the lifestyle of a young immigrant woman.  It was fascinating to learn about the immigration process, home life, work life, and fashion.

I appreciate that Eilis would re-wear outfits throughout the film.  While most movies and TV shows wouldn’t dare dress a character in the same thing twice, Brooklyn was realistic.  Everyone always re-wears his or her clothes.  And with being an immigrant, Eilis only had a few outfits she actually owned.  The fact that she re-wore shirts and dresses emphasized this lifestyle.

Saoirse Ronan (Eilis) is a very subtle actress.  Ellis is a quiet, contemplative character, but Ronan expressed a spectrum of emotions in the silence.  Ronan played the stoic character well.  It was a tough feat to tackle.

There was a lack of chemistry between Eilis and Tony.  I could see Tony’s attraction towards Eilis, but Eilis showed little emotion towards Tony.  I didn’t realize how important Tony was to Eilis until she ran into his arms at the end of the film.  The only character she really showed any emotion towards was Rose.  Along with this, I wanted to see Eilis and Tony’s relationship develop more.  Just a little more insight into the journey of their relationship would have made it more believable.

When Brooklyn ended, I just felt like I hadn’t had enough.  I actually wish it was a bit longer.  A few more scenes could have provided more context to the film.

Brooklyn was a great film, I just felt like there was something missing.

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This entry was posted on June 16, 2016 by in Movie and tagged , , , , , .
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