Based on the novel by Colm Toibin, "Brooklyn" is a exquisite and moving new drama. Director John Crowley and screenwriter Nick Hornby make magic together telling the story of Eilis Lacey, a young Irish immigrant who comes to New York in the early 1950's.
Saoirse Ronan stars as Eilis and it is the performance of a lifetime for this fine young actress. She is literally luminescent in every scene. Expressing a full range of emotions as she arrives in Brooklyn, Eilis is, at first shy and homesick but eventually finds her way. Her life takes a turn for the better when she meets Tony but it is not long after that, a tragedy forces her to return to Ireland. Returning home, her two worlds collide and difficult choices have to be made.
Emory Cohen plays Tony and his courtship of Eilis is so natural and sweet, it's a joy to watch. We find ourselves embracing these characters and become completely invested in their lives. All the supporting actors, including Julie Waters, Jim Broadbent, Jessica Pare, Domhnall Gleeson, and Brid Brennan are also terrific.
The cinematography, lighting and costumes envelop the audience in a simpler time. It is rare to find this kind of old fashioned drama in today's movie climate. Go for the fine storytelling and the appreciation of Ms. Ronan's wonderful performance.