Brooklyn hits cinemas on both sides of the Atlantic this week, and has been garnering rave reviews and Oscar buzz from critics and audiences alike.
The film is adapted by Nick from Colm Tóibín’s bestselling novel, and stars Saoirse Ronan as Ellis Lacey, a young woman who emigrates from her hometown of Enniscorthy in Ireland to New York. After a nervous start she begins to adapt to life in the big city, making friends and meeting a man who adores her. Just as she appears settled, however, suddenly she finds herself drawn back to her hometown and her old life, and is faced with a series of personal decisions that will dictate the rest of her life.
American reviews have been ecstatic, with The Hollywood Reporter‘s Scott Feinberg calling it ‘a movie for the ages’ and predicting that it will be a film to beat in the forthcoming awards season. RogerEbert.com‘s Glen Kenny gave it full marks and called it ‘big-hearted, romantic and beautiful‘, adding that ‘the first time I saw this picture I started crying about forty minutes in and never really stopped’. Other raves include from The Hollywood Reporter‘s Todd McCarthy, who says the film is ‘classily and classically crafted in the best sense by director John Crowley and screenwriter Nick Hornby’; Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times, who notes: ‘No amount of money spent or armies of CGI minions employed can ensure that it is done right: emotion, intelligence and skill in equal measure are what’s essential. [These are] qualities that the masterfully done “Brooklyn” have in abundance’; and Rex Reed in the New York Observer, who says Brooklyn is ‘a wise and thoughtful film about coming of age, learning to accept responsibility and falling in love that…triumphs on several levels at the same time’.
In the UK many reviews are still to run, but so far they have been unanimously positive, with Empire saying the film is ‘unashamedly romantic and achieved with a beautifully subtle, old-fashioned elegance’, and Total Film noting it its five-star review that it ‘works its way quietly and irresistibly into our emotions’.
Watch the trailer here:
Brooklyn is out now in the US, and hits UK cinemas on November 6.