Being that Darren and I both love watching lots and lots of movies, we decided to start a new weekly series where we challenge each other to watch a new movie that we enjoyed and feel the other one might also.
The rules are simple; it has to be a movie we have NEVER seen, (not just not reviewed)
Every Tuesday, we will both post both reviews on our sites.
Let’s hope we both can add lots of new favorites to our personal lists
Since it’s now Oscar Season, we decided to both review the same movie each week, so here are my thoughts on…..
Number of Times Seen – 1 (21 Dec 2015)
Brief Synopsis – A young Irish girl decided to travel to America in the 1950’s in order to find a new life and get away from the hardships of home… but will life in a new land really be easy?
My Take on it – This is a slow moving drama that probably won’t be for everyone. I liked it’s pace because it allows for much analysis while viewing and also helps digest everything going on.
The 1950’s were still a time when many nationalities who immigrated to the US still tried to keep among themselves instead of allowing assimilation and intermingling with other nationalities and this movie portrays those situations quite well.
Saoirse Ronan is perfectly cast as the lead role and gives a very subdued but powerful performance as a woman torn between two nations, two men and all the while trying to find herself and her place in the world.
This movie’s message about the idea of the “grass isn’t always greener” works extremely well in this context.
Bottom Line – Nicely done film that perfectly shows the message of “The grass isn’t always greener”. Ronan is perfectly subdued in her role as a young woman trying to find herself and her place by having to choose between two worlds. Plot is deliberately slow, but that helps us digest and analyze everything that goes on. Shows very well the prejudices that still existed in ‘Free’ America during the 1950’s and how nationalities tried very hard not to assimilate and mingle one with another. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Saoirse Ronan herself was born in The Bronx, New York, but raised in Ireland to Irish parents. She considers ‘Brooklyn’ to be one of her most personal films and it marks the first time she uses her Irish accent in a film. In an interview with David Poland she expressed her concern with taking the role:”I felt like I can’t mess this up, because all of Ireland will be watching. I felt a huge responsibility to the country to really capture what the story was.” However, she said the warm reception at the Sundance Film Festival made her realize the universal essence of the film. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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