I’ll be honest, I wasn’t really sure I’d like this film. Although it had received a lot of praise, most of it was from general critics and often their views of films clash with mine. It was also multiple award nominated at the BAFTA’s and The Academy Awards, as well as winning the award for Best British Film on the night of the BAFTA’s, which raised my expectations a little more. However, after watching ‘Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)’ last week, it made me question whether the awards ceremonies reflect my opinion in the slightest.
What is it about?
In 1950’s Ireland, Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) is struggling to find sustainable work and has resorted to working in an everyday store with her horrible boss making life increasingly frustrating. However, her sister Rose Lacey (Fiona Glascott) organises Eilis’ move to Brooklyn with help of a former Irish priest now living in New York. Although she initially feels very isolated over in the US, she soon falls in love with a local called Tony (Emory Cohen.) When she goes back to Ireland to see her mother; a new life has become available to her, with prospects that were never there before. But where does she now considered home: her new life in Brooklyn or the comforts of Ireland?
What did I think?
My doubts with this film were completely unfounded as it was a very impressive piece of work. The plot was perfectly perceived and Nick Hornby did a great job of adapting the screenplay for the Big Screen. I thought the acting was very heartfelt and emotional and I thought Saoirse Ronan perfectly encompasses a conflicted character caught between her hometown of Ireland and her developing home in Brooklyn. I thought that there was enough underlying, subtle threat and angst to keep us engaged but not too much to take it out of the realistic. Finally, I thought the cinematography was done very well as everything just looked very nice on screen.
This film was not perfect. At points what was initially the exploration of broad themes, just became overworked and lost in the audience’s peripheral. I think the main message was quite narrow in focus and could have been opened up much sooner to relate to a wider audience.
Conclusion- I enjoyed the narrow focus of this film and I thought it had a great plot and good sensuality. It really surprised me and was a great watch.
My Rating- 9/10
My amended top 3 of the year:
- Call Me by Your Name
- Short Term 12
So that now puts ‘Get Out’, out of contention for a top 3 place.
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