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At the movies: Brooklyn

January 7, 2016

Brooklyn movie poster

Brooklyn is the story of Eilis, a young girl who, at the urging of her family, immigrates from Ireland to Brooklyn in the 1950s.  She struggles at first but eventually finds her way.  When tragedy strikes her family, she’s called back home and is forced to choose between her current life and her past life.

This movie is based on the book of the same name by Colm Tóibín and I just loved it.  I think it’s the best movie I’ve seen in quite a while.  For me, the casting, the acting, the scenery, and the atmosphere were just perfect.  I was caught up in Eilis’s life and was sad when the movie ended.  I came away with a greater appreciation for people (like my grandmother) who immigrate to another country on faith alone.

If Brooklyn is showing near you, I urge you to go see it.  (Be sure to bring tissues with you when you go.)  If not, watch for it on streaming services or DVD.  It’s a must see!

31 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth F permalink
    January 7, 2016 5:51 am

    I’ve been wanting to see this. I *knew* it would be good!

  2. January 7, 2016 6:35 am

    I really want to see this! Can’t go to movies just yet; probably by the time I can it will be on television!

  3. extraordinaryordinarywhimsy permalink
    January 7, 2016 7:06 am

    Ooooo I’ll have to check it out.

  4. Diane permalink
    January 7, 2016 7:23 am

    Is this based on the novel by Toiben? I wanted to see this but might wait till we can watch it at home. We may see Spotlight today as it may be up for awards.

  5. January 7, 2016 7:52 am

    I so agree with you. I loved Brooklyn the movie just as much as the book.

  6. January 7, 2016 8:39 am

    Adding it to my queue!

  7. January 7, 2016 8:56 am

    I’m glad it was good – the trailer didn’t make me feel like I needed to see it. But, I try to see all of the major films nominated for Oscars and I’ve heard this one probably will be. So I’m glad to know it will be worth seeing!

  8. January 7, 2016 9:28 am

    It was not one of my top movies of 2015, but I definitely enjoyed it and agree that it’s a good movie to see. It also appears likely that that female lead will get a Best Actress nomination.

  9. January 7, 2016 9:40 am

    The book was great and I’m looking forward to seeing the movie!!

  10. January 7, 2016 9:42 am

    I’ll be sure to check for it in my area. Glad you liked it so much!

  11. Patty permalink
    January 7, 2016 10:00 am

    It sounded really good when I first saw the trailer!

  12. January 7, 2016 10:03 am

    I LOVED this movie (didn’t read the book, though). Highly recommend it and Spotlight – my two favorites of this award season!

  13. January 7, 2016 10:55 am

    I own the book. Your post makes me want to red the book and watch the movie.


  14. January 7, 2016 11:27 am

    I really want to see this one!

  15. January 7, 2016 1:49 pm

    Oh – This looks great! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and the video. This movie has shot to the top of my ‘ToSee’ list. Being a grand-daughter to Irish immigrants, I know members of my family will love this movie and I’ll share your post with them to urge them to see it with me.

  16. January 7, 2016 3:09 pm

    I have been eyeing both the book and the movie….and I’m now debating whether or not to read the book first. I think I must see the movie, at least. Thanks for sharing.

  17. January 7, 2016 3:34 pm

    Kathy, I definitely want to see Brooklyn. It looks and sounds incredible.

  18. January 7, 2016 3:53 pm

    I’ve been wanting to see this one! So glad you loved it. I loved the trailer and it hooked me right away. Can’t wait to see this movie.

  19. lemon123 permalink
    January 7, 2016 3:56 pm

    Your review makes me want to go see it NOW.:)

  20. January 7, 2016 4:02 pm

    The trailer looked good, so I knew the film had to be good. Just the look of it makes me want to see it. So glad you enjoyed it and would recommend it.

  21. January 7, 2016 4:13 pm

    I will watch it

  22. January 7, 2016 5:44 pm

    This looks like a movie I would love! Just checked and it’s showing at our indie theater 🙂

  23. January 8, 2016 10:12 am

    This is a movie I want to see but I likely wait for dvd or cable; most of our movie trips are spent on kiddo shows

  24. January 8, 2016 5:10 pm

    I loved this book but was happy that I loved the movie too – so well done!

  25. The Cue Card permalink
    January 8, 2016 7:44 pm

    Nice Kathy! I liked it too. Are the book and movie exactly the same? Any differences?

  26. January 9, 2016 8:50 am

    I really enjoyed the movie too and I was pleasantly surprised by the future she picked at the end of the film. I saw it with my mum though and we both agreed if I ever emigrated she’s coming with!!

  27. January 9, 2016 5:02 pm

    When I read your sentence, “I just loved it.” I stopped and clicked over to our local movie website. It’s playing at a theater not too far away. I’m going to go see it. If you think it’s a must-see, I believe you. (Will bring plenty of tissues.)

  28. bookingmama permalink
    January 11, 2016 9:03 am

    There’s a better chance of me reading the book before seeing the movie. Sounds wonderful!

  29. January 11, 2016 11:30 am

    Yay you went to see Brooklyn! I’m still thinking about it months later and can’t wait to watch it again. Saoirse Ronan is amazing. I teared up too and was sad when it was over.

  30. January 17, 2016 3:25 pm

    Oh, this looks so good!! I had to stop watching to trailer, though, since I didn’t want to see too much before it comes out on dvd. Thanks for the review!

  31. January 25, 2016 12:47 pm

    This movie is on my list, and now showing locally or in Orlando so I’m very happy! I’m thinking of listening to the audio book too. Did you read the book?

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