Brooklyn Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Brooklyn

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Coarse language and brief sex scene.

  • The pitch:

    Love and cardigans.

  • Starring:

    Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Julie Walters, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, Maeve McGrath, Eileen O'Higgins, Fiona Glascott, Emily Bett Rickards, Jessica Paré

  • Directed by:

    John Crowley

  • Running time:

    111 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People bang on doors. A father pulls his son's ear. Shouting. Blood/gore: Corpse. Eye operation mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A couple has bedroom sex (no nudity). Kissing, undressing. Shirtless men, people in swimwear, low-cut gowns, cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits). Intoxication, drunk/passed-out people. Smoking (cigarettes, pipe).

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-word, s-word, bastards, b*tches. Name-calling. Snide/bossy remarks. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Romance, dating, emigration, 1950s Brooklyn, Irish immigrants, leaving home, shyness, homesickness, charity, marriage, engagement, commitment, choices, secrets, politeness, courtship, boarding houses, love.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dead sibling/daughter, marriage proposal. Church, cemetery, wedding settings. Estranged husband mentioned. Toilet, urination, vomiting, seasickness. Mutton, turkey eaten. Raw sewage mentioned. Based on the novel by Colm Tóibín.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Emotional, beautiful, moving, transporting, classy, heartbreaking, poignant, gorgeous, bittersweet, impressive, graceful, warm, sensitive, stirring, big-hearted, virtuous, pulse-quickening, escapist, lovely, funny, charming, intelligent, robust. Superb acting, perfect casting, sharp script, tinqling chemistry between leads, exquisitely crafted, splendid/stunning/picturesque cinematography, spot-on period detail, lively costume design, evocative/wisful/magnificent/heartrending score, emotionally intelligent, stellar adaptation of the book (despite the amount of detail sacrificed).

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    A touch melodramatic. Lack of historical context is a fault for some critics, while for others it captures 1950s-style (cinematic) escapism.

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