Opened: November 6, 2015
Directed by: John Crowley
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, Bríd Brennan, Eva Birthistle, Fiona Glascott, Jessica Paré, Emily Bett Rickards, Nora-Jane Noone, Eve Macklin, Jenn Murray, Eileen O’Higgins, Jane Brennan, Paulino Nunes, Ellen David, Michael Zegen, James DiGiacomo & Christian de la Cortina
With a stellar lead performance from Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn is a romantic tale of homesickness and discovering a new self and life.
Eilis Lacey (Ronan) leaves her hometown in Ireland when Father Flood (Jim Broadbent) obtains her a job in a department store in New York. Eilis has a hard time adjusting but a personal tragedy strikes just when she gets settled.
Director John Crowley and writer Nick Hornby craft the screenplay based on the 2009 novel to develop Eilis as a person as she handles her homesickness. This being pre-social media, it was much harder to keep in touch with family that was left overseas.
Every emotion Eilis feels is expertly portrayed by Ronan. Her romances with Emory Cohen and Domhnall Gleeson are both enticing, and you won’t know whom to choose.
Final say: A beautiful adaptation. ★★★★★