February 11, 2016

Brooklyn (2015)

Saoirse Ronan



I must say, it was refreshing to see a historical romance movie that wasn't:

A. A sweeping epic involving war or other drama, or
B. Starring British people (as much as I love Keira Knightly and corsets and all)

Instead, this was more of a coming-of-age tale, secretly disguised as a romance. It's almost sweet to see it nominated for an Oscar, considering it's very low level of drama, special effects, or pretty people made to look ugly (none). I'm almost stumped as to how this movie got nominated in the first place.

Except that it's enjoyable. (Which, sadly, isn't always an indicator.) I can't say it's one of the best things I've watched (especially after last week's back to back showings of Spotlight and The Big Short), but I do appreciate the recognition of Saoirse Ronan's acting and the inclusion of a movie that seems almost out of the ordinary because it's so normal.

Speaking of Saoirse Ronan (apparently this is how you pronounce her name)... she was excellent in the role. Not only is she authentically Irish (no complaints about accent this time!), but she has such a wonderfully youthful face that she perfectly fits the role of a quiet, innocent girl setting off for a completely terrifying journey. Or adventure. I guess it really depends on how you look at it. Personally, I think setting off for a foreign country, alone, without knowing anyone there or anything about the place sounds horrifying. But then again, I'm also afraid of hostels. So perhaps that life choice just isn't for me.

Either way, Ronan (I'm skipping her first name entirely) artfully walks us through the memory of growing up, falling in love, making stupid decisions, and deciding how much distance we want from our families. Who can't relate to that?

Final word: There is no teeth gritting through this movie, though it's not particularly memorable.

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