This post is made possible by support from Fox Searchlight Pictures. All opinions are my own.
This Wednesday evening Steve and I concurred a windstorm by making our way downtown to attend a private screening of Brooklyn. You guys know I’m a self-proclaimed movie critic and I absolutely LOVE movies, so when Fox Searchlight asked me to review Brooklyn, I jumped at the opportunity.
Set in the 1950’s, Brooklyn chronicles the story of Eillis Lacey as she navigates from Ireland to New York City. Directed by John Crowley and written by Nick Hornby.
A Walk in Their Shoes
First, let me say I thoroughly enjoyed Brooklyn. To be honest, if Fox never asked me to view Brooklyn, I’m not 100% sure I would have given it a thought. This may sound terrible & closed minded, but I tend to be attracted to drama films and directors/authors I’m familiar with.
Anyway, I spent a great chunk of the movie thinking about the sacrifices immigrants go through, to make it to the shores of America, literally. For some reason it shocked Steve and I to see Eillis make her way to America on a boat. I don’t know why, but we naturally assumed she’d take a plane. Crazy right? The conditions on the boat weren’t up to par (most definitely not Royal Caribbean), but the price many have paid to be in America, and are still willing to pay, amazes me.
Think Like An American
There was a line in the movie where Eillis was encouraged to “think like an American”, which was followed up with, “You have to know where you’re going”. Wow. And I say that “wow” in an thankful, yet concerned manner. I’m thankful, because as an American woman, I like to think of myself of as someone who knows where she’s going. However, I’m concerned for two reasons: I can’t help but to wonder if the world outside of America is looking in, perceiving us all to be confident. Yikes, don’t be deceived. The majority of us are out here winging it. Also, as a woman of African (American) descent, I couldn’t help but to think about how my people, like Eillis, came to America by ship, but it was not by choice seeing we were enslaved. Yep, Brooklyn had my mind and emotions ALL OVER the place, but thank GOD it ended on a happy note (that’s what movies are for right?)
Brooklyn tells the story of courage, sisterhood, identity, and of course… love. I laughed, and cried. Afterwards, Steve said Brooklyn is bound to become one of the classics, putting it in the same category as Titanic, The Notebook, and Forrest Gump. I couldn’t agree more.
Coming to a theater near you, be sure to check out Brooklyn. In the meantime, check out the trailer: