I hadn?t intended for it to be some kind of St. Patrick?s Day themed movie night, I had just been desperately waiting to see this film and it was the first chance I had.
?Brooklyn? is the story of Eilis Lacey, a young woman from a small town in Ireland who immigrates to the United States in the 1950s in order to find work and a better life.
Now, as much as I would love to give you all a play-by-play of the movie, which was even better than I could have ever imagined, I won?t; I?ll just stick to the basics. Once in America, Eilis, who is being sponsored by Father Flood, settles in a boarding house in Brooklyn and works at a department store. The homesickness Eilis feels is soul crushing at first, but as Father Flood says, ?Like most sickness, it?ll make you miserable and then move on to someone else.? And it does. Soon, Eilis seems to be living the ?American Dream.? She has a boyfriend, an Italian guy named Tony, friends, she?s more comfortable and confident at work and she?s excelling in her night classes to become a bookkeeper, just like her older sister, Rose.
However, when Rose dies unexpectedly, she must return to her native Ireland. Will Ireland have changed so much while she?s gone that she can finally envision a life there or is she simply seeing her homeland through rose-colored glasses? I?ll leave that up to you to see for yourself.
I was so enthralled with this movie; I ended up watching it twice. It was absolutely beautiful. The costumes were rich and colorful, the set design was superb, the acting astounding and the cinematography, again, I could go on all day about the cinematography.
I think what resonated most with me in this movie was Eilis? journey. The biggest gamble I?ve ever taken was when I moved to Wisconsin; sight unseen and without knowing a soul. However, thanks to technology, and it only being a seven-hour drive, I never felt too far from home. The thought of traveling to an unknown world and not being able to even call home and hear my mom?s voice when it became all too much, I don?t know if I?d have the kind of strength Eilis, or the thousands of immigrants who have made America their home had.
But Eilis? journey, her story, makes me want to give it another go. Pack up and move to some far away place and forge a new life for myself. That was one of the most terrifying and exciting times in my life, and, I think, also a time when I learned the most about myself and grew the most.
This probably sounds a bit brash. Don?t worry, you won?t read an article next week about how I just packed up and moved away, but hopefully its something that?s in my future.
I don?t know if I?ll ever move abroad, but this movie did wet my appetite for an adventure outside of my homeland. I guess I need to start saving my pennies now if I want to start traveling.
This is the great thing about movies (and books). Not only do we get to take a journey with the characters, but they can also inspire us to take a chance and envision a future we may have not been brave enough to see before.