As Eilis struggles to find her place in this new city she falls in love with Tony and just as her life seems to be coming together a family tragedy draws her back to Ireland and with her newly found confidence finds she fits into her old life much more comfortably. She’s soon fallen back in with her old friends and is now torn between her new life in America with the man she loves and the possibilities of a life in Ireland with her family.
If I have a complaint about the film it’s that it feels a little long, which is especially strange when it comes in comfortably under two hours, but I feel a film like this should feel long, so part of me actually thinks this is a note in the films favour. A story like this deserves an epic feel and managing this in such a short time frame is no small accomplishment. 'Brooklyn' manages to tell a compelling story of character growth that feels completely organic, which is more than the more elaborate fare such as the recent 'Far From The Madding Crowd' was capable of
It’s nice that no element of the film feels superfluous and no character is extraneous, which is an overly wordy way of saying there’s never a dull moment with stand out characters such as Tony’s deliberately rude little brother and Julie Walters boarding house mistress bringing a well polished element of comedy. As I say, no inch is wasted and you really feel for all the characters but the film doesn’t excel in any particular area, it’s just good at everything.
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