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17 Dec 2015

Historic Charm: From the Score to the Look to the Performances, 'Brooklyn' Is Brilliant

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Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn. Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn in the 1950s is sumptuously captured in John Crowley’s wonderful story of an Irish immigrant trying to choose between two lands.

Saoirse Ronan is a pure delight as Eilis, who gets a job in New York and quickly falls in love with blue-collar worker Tony (Emory Cohen), a charming Yankees fan with eyes set on marriage. When family tragedy calls Eilis back to Ireland for a spell, she’s forced to decide between Tony and Jim (the ever-so-busy Domhnall Gleeson), a hometown boy who is also trying to win her over.

The film does a splendid job of depicting an immigrant’s life, from the woozy boat trip to the derogatory remarks in diners. Ronan finally gets the role she deserves, and will certainly be a front-runner for an Oscar.

Crowley has not only put together one of 2015’s best-acted films; he’s also turned in one of the best-looking ones, and the score is a true winner.

This is a great movie for anybody looking to experience a little bit of New York history in a truly romantic way.

Brooklyn is playing at theaters across the valley.

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