It's always a treat when a book to movie adaptation provides a satisfying portrayal of a beloved story. Director John Crowley and screenplay writer Nick Hornby beautifully captured the soul of Colm Tóibín's novel about an Irish women who seeks a better future in America.
In case you don't know the story, here is the studio's summary:
Oscar Nominee Saorise Ronan lights up the screen as Ellis Lacey, a young Irish immigrant navigating through 1950s Brooklyn. Although her initial homesickness soon gives way to romance, when Ellis's life is disrupted by news from her hometown, she is forced to choose between two countries and two men on opposite sides of the world. Based on the best-selling novel, Brooklyn is a warm and wonderful story about falling in love . . . and finding your way home.The story line of the film follows the essence of the book, and we get a clear feeling of why Ellis decides to go to America, her rocky adjustment to Brooklyn, and her later dilemma when she has to choose a country and a future. All the actors do a great job, and it's easy to become invested in their world.
I loved how the film's costumes, music, and settings bring the period details to life. Ronan's performance is spot-on, and I particularly loved the scenes set in her boardinghouse. The other girls and the landlady, with their clothes and hairstyles and gossip, gives us a sense of the single woman's life in the 1950s.
The Blu-Ray version came out earlier this month, and the movie is one of those that you'll likely want to watch more than once. Don't miss the Blu-Ray special features, which include a print to screen segment as well as shorts on the cast, story, and film making. You'll also find a photo gallery and deleted and extended scenes.
I highly recommend this movie. I love the story, and I completely agree with the professional critics: Saorise Ronan's performance is fantastic. Whether you've read the book or not, Brooklyn is a beautiful movie that's sure to win your heart.
Thanks to Think Jam and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment for the review copy of the Blu-Ray edition of Brooklyn. All thoughts are my own.