Brooklyn

3.5 out of 5 stars

A charming film about an Irish girl’s journey from County Wexford to the titular New York borough, mirroring her own maturing into womanhood, it is competently made and beautifully acted, in particular, Julie Waters’ Mrs. Kehoe who brings the laughs, filtered through with a huge dose of Irish witticism and humour and Brid Brennan’s Miss Kelly who aptly represents the small town mentality the main character is trying to escape from with her two bookending scenes. But this is Saoirse Ronan’s film, whose nuanced performance brilliantly captures the introspective nature of the conflicts and the responsibilities she has to face as she blossoms into adulthood. Brooklyn is a very nice film but it leaves a somewhat syrupy and sentimental aftertaste – and while there is nothing wrong with that, it somewhat zaps the overall dramatic effect.

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