Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Brooklyn Review: Historical Drama features Fitting yet Lacking Concept
Brooklyn tells the story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan): a young Irish Woman who sets off for America. After traveling to the USA, Eilis finds a home at boarding house in Brooklyn. There the young lady starts a life for herself; which includes making friends with her fellow tenants, taking night classes and finding love with a man named Tony Fiorello (Emory Cohen). However things get complicated for Eilis when she travels back to Ireland due to the death of her sister Rose (Fiona Glascott). Things get even more complicated when Eilis finds herself attracted to Irishman Jim Farrell (Domhnall Gleeson).
The concept behind this story was fairly straightforward. The plot was quite the character driven story as it followed Eilis' life in New York. However, while the idea behind the story was not bad, the overall plot was a bit underwhelming. The reason for this was due to the story's structure as the film did not pace itself well enough to make the plot compelling. This problem was quite notable in the film's love story. While the story of Eilis and Tony was not bad, it was difficult to truly be invested in the subplot due to the movie's sporadic pacing. Thanks to individual scenes, the story could be entertaining; but when it came to being enticing, this plot slips in its execution.
Brooklyn was not a dynamic history drama. This was due to underwhelming execution in the likes of story and character development. However this was not to say that the film did not have its strengths. The cast to the movie was quite engaging and elements such as the score captured the spirit of Ireland. In the end Brooklyn may not the strongest independent film that I have seen this year, but the movie managed to stick to its concepts; and I cannot fault it for that.