Brooklyn – Understated Yet Sweeping

Brooklyn is truly an excellent film. It is quiet, beautiful and one could almost say serene. The pace is deliberately languid, like walking along a garden labyrinth, slowly being led to the denouement. It never crosses into too slow, however, as the characters shine. I wanted to know what was going to happen to Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), the focus of the film, and this connection to her character kept me riveted. It was a sweeping film, too. It  successfully covers two continents and the costume and set design lushly capture a time capsule of the 1950’s. Even more remarkable is that the film doesn’t rely on gratuity in the least – it simply doesn’t need to. The focus is on the excellent writing: the storytelling, depth of the characters and the time and place in history. This is a great movie to enjoy with family, and one that I think will become a classic to repeat viewing in the future. I heartily recommend.

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