The Brooklyn film, which was nominated for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, is available now on DVD, Blu-ray and digital HD. I watched it over the weekend and loved it. I highly recommend Brooklyn for people who enjoy love stories. It’s a good one. The movie is about a young Irish woman who moves to Brooklyn. She falls in love, but then she has to return to Ireland. While back home, she is torn between staying in Ireland or returning back to America. I really enjoyed the story and thought it was very believable. BTW, there are some wonderful musical numbers in the film too.
The Irish Immigrant
Brooklyn is the story of Eilis Lacey. She’s the younger of two sisters. They live in Ireland with their mother. At the beginning of the story, Eilis moves to Brooklyn because she has no future in Ireland — no man in her life and only a part-time job at a small shop. Eilis has a full-time job in America, but she soon becomes homesick. She eventually gets over it and falls in love with a young Italian. But just when everything seems perfect, tragedy strikes and Eilis has to return home to Ireland.
The One She Loves
Eilis planned on staying in Ireland for only a month. But Eilis extends her stay when she’s pressured into staying for the wedding of her good friend. Then she’s set up with a young and wealthy Irish man and a job is handed to her. Eilis finally has the life she’s always wanted before she left for America. But now she’s conflicted with returning to the man she loves in America, or staying with the man she’s falling for in Ireland. No matter who she chooses, someone’s gonna cry when they know they’ve lost her, and someone’s gonna thank the stars above (yes, I stole that line from the late Glenn Frey’s The One You Love).
She was an Assassin
Brooklyn stars Saoirse Ronan (nominated for Best Actress) as Eilis Lacey. I thought she was excellent in the movie and she had a lovely Irish accent. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen Saoirse in Hanna and The Way Back movies. She was a teen-aged assassin in Hanna, but it looks like she’s all grown up now. Other cast members include Hugh Gormley (Priest), Brid Brennan (Miss Kelly), Maeve McGrath (Mary), Emma Lowe (Mrs. Brady), Barbara Drennan (Shabby Woman), Gillian McCarthy (Timid Woman), Fiona Glascott (Rose Lacey), Jane Brennan (Mary Lacey), Eileen O’Higgins (Nancy), Peter Campion (George Sheridan), Eva Birthistle (Georgina), James Corscadden (Ship Waiter), Julie Walters (Mrs. Keogh), and Emily Bett Rickards (Patty). Brooklyn was directed by John Crowley.
Blu-ray Special Features
The movie is about 111 minutes long. The DVD has a total run time of 142 minutes and the Blu-ray has a total run time of 151 minutes. In addition, the Blu-ray and DVD include the following specials:
- 11 Deleted and Extended Scenes with Optional Director’s Commentary (Blu-ray only)
- Six promotional featurettes
- The Story
- The Making of Brooklyn
- Book to Screen
- Audio commentary by director, John Crowley
- Photo gallery
Brooklyn is rated PG-13 for a scene of sexuality and brief strong language. The film is safe for children, but there is a sex scene in the story.
Golden Globe, Screen Actor’s Guild Award and Academy Award Nominee Saoirse Ronan lights up the screen as Eilis Lacey, a young Irish immigrant, navigating through Brooklyn, alone, in the 1950s. Although her initial sadness and homesickness gives way to romance with an Italian-American, Eilis’s life is disrupted by news from her hometown. After traveling home to mourn the loss of a loved one, she finds herself forced to choose between two countries and two men on opposite sides of the world.
More info: Brooklyn Blu-ray
[Disclosure: I received the Brooklyn movie (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Fox Searchlight Pictures) for review on my blog. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]