It’s no secret that I am a sucker for a good love story. And that is what this year’s Oscar nominee Brooklyn is – one damn good love story. The film is up for an Oscar in three categories; Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Adapted Screenplay Writing, and I can get behind each of its nominations.
Brooklyn is about a young Irish woman’s immigration to America in the 1950ies. She falls in love after a year of living in Brooklyn, but circumstances force her to go back to Ireland, and she must now choose between the two contries and the life she can have within each one of them.
The storyline presented in this historical drama is not like the ill-portrayed love stories, that we all know and love, and love to hate. There is no you jump, I jump, Jack moment, love triangle of epically ridicules proportions or the classical I love you, I love you not dilemma. This movie takes the classical story of boy meets girl back to the basics, while managing to elevate the story with the very real concept of being oceans apart. And this is what I truly enjoy about the film; it’s not just another teenage movie. It takes ownership of its Irish Catholic-approach to love and the slow pace storyline. So if drama and the Romeo and Juliet dilemma is what you are expecting, then you’ll be highly disappointed, when watching Brooklyn.
The role of Eilis Lacey is played by Saoirse Ronan, who is up for the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Her portraying the Irish girl is spot on, but I am not sure that the role is enough to bring home the popular statue, as it does not offer any particular opportunity to show the depths of her ability as an actress. With that said, if Ronan wins the Oscar, you won’t hear any complaints from me.
All in all I’ll give Brooklyn 3/5 Oscars. It was a cute and reality based love story, and definitely one I enjoyed, but the historical drama was a tad tedious in its 120 minutes. I have a hard time imagining that it can hold its own against Jennifer Lawrence’s Joy and the political drama of Tom Hanks’ Bridge of Spies at this years Oscars. However, I will end this post saying that after watching Brooklyn, I really want to read the book, and that is saying something.