24 March 2016

Review: Brooklyn (Film)

Brooklyn: movie BluRay reviewIt'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.


rhapsodyinbooks 3/24/16, 7:44 AM  

I neither read the book nor saw the movie -YET. At the very least, I plan to see the movie! Sounds like such a good plot...

Molly 3/24/16, 7:48 AM  

I've had the book on my shelves for years, and I refuse to watch the movie before I read the book.

When that happens, however, I would love to get the blu-ray copy and watch all those extra features!

bermudaonion 3/24/16, 9:42 AM  

I agree - this was a fabulous movie! It's one I would happily share with my mother and, sadly, I can't say that too often these days.

Daryl 3/24/16, 10:42 AM  

it was a lovely little movie ...

Vicki 3/24/16, 11:08 AM  

I haven't read the book but hope to soon. I also plan on watching the movie.

rhonda 3/24/16, 11:58 AM  

I loved the book Brooklyn's in my blood .born&bred .As soon as I can will be watching.

Unknown 3/24/16, 3:22 PM  

I have this movie next up on my Netflix account. I'm looking forward to it. Thanks for sharing the trailer.

Tina 3/24/16, 4:22 PM  

Wow - love that trailer. I haven't seen it yet.

Jackie McGuinness 3/24/16, 4:56 PM  

I'll admit I didn't love the book. But will watch the film when it is available on a movie network.

JoAnn 3/25/16, 10:04 AM  

I thought this was one of the best book to movie adaptations I've seen in years... it's not often a movie can capture the real 'soul' of a book!

Unknown 3/25/16, 2:18 PM  

I saw the movie last week and loved it. You're right about the boarding house scenes. The interactions among the women there were really interesting. Being a single woman was difficult then, and the film does a good job of capturing that.

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Les 3/27/16, 9:35 AM  

I have this in my Netflix queue and can't wait to watch it. I've heard nothing but high praise for the film and acting!

Lisa 3/31/16, 11:57 PM  

Absolutely agree - I thought the movie was delightful and beautifully filmed.

Shelley 4/5/16, 11:09 AM  

I loved the book and can't wait to see the movie. I wanted to see it on the big screen but I just couldn't work it in. The cinematography looks beautiful.

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