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    It certainly felt like a well made, well acted film.  Quality filmmaking.  But I’m not really sure how it’s better than, say, Carol, another well made/acted romance, or a couple of other films on the Best Picture list like Spotlight, Big Short, Room or, yes, Mad Max, all of which I’d argue certainly have “brain” and “good writing”…or even, frankly, a couple of films not on the final BP list like Inside Out or Steve Jobs.  A film can be very charming, well made, and deserving of its nomination without being close to a win and, in my book, that’s where Brooklyn resides.  Two cents from one American.

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    I think Brooklyn is awesome. In my opinion, it managed to capture something honest about life without any cynicism or self-righteousness. Yeah, there are no villains and the stakes are not high compared to exposing pedophile priests or surviving bear attacks. But I feel that it is equally hard to make a film about an ordinary person who faces simple (by comparison) challenges. 
    At the same time, Ronan’s character, while being an ordinary woman, is not a blank slate for people to project onto. She felt real, she had a legitimate arc and has grown troughout the film.
    And to people who were not impressed  – give it another chance once in a couple of months. 

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    [quote=”JamesHillIII”]

    It certainly felt like a well made, well acted film.  Quality filmmaking.  But I’m not really sure how it’s better than, say, Carol, another well made/acted romance, or a couple of other films on the Best Picture list like Spotlight, Big Short, Room or, yes, Mad Max, all of which I’d argue certainly have “brain” and “good writing”…or even, frankly, a couple of films not on the final BP list like Inside Out or Steve Jobs.  A film can be very charming, well made, and deserving of its nomination without being close to a win and, in my book, that’s where Brooklyn resides.  Two cents from one American.

    How is it better than Spotlight or Mad Max? Are you kidding? Lol. It’s just simply is. The former is only “good” according to Hollywood because it’s dealing with an important issue, and the latter….it has to be an American thing. And the fact you even mentioned how Mad Max has good writing lol I mean…what writing?
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    Ok I was more referring to the others with the writing but I don’t exactly think Mad Max was badly written, especially considering there was no source novel the screenwriters were pulling from.  And I find it amusing that you’re constantly painting this as an “American” thing considering George Miller is Australian, Tom Hardy British and Charlize Theron South African.  And the writers are from Australia and the UK.  

    As for Spotlight, I suppose the BAFTAs and AACTAs are also “Hollywood”?  You know, the ones that nominated it for Best Film and not Brooklyn?  People in a lot of different places liked Spotlight because they “just simply” thought it was a great film, importance aside.

    Look, I’m not saying it’s a bad movie by any means, and Ronan is very, very good.  Well deserved nomination.  Just thought she was better than the film overall, and that if the Academy was going to notice a female-led romance, Carol was the much better choice.  Clearly we disagree.

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    It’s a phenomenal film with multiple layers and interpretations that is anchored by an absolutely riveting and star-making performance. 

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    I absolutely LOVED Brooklyn. What a treat it was to watch.

    Very happy to see it garner the attention it’s receiving. No Director nod for John Crowly yet a BP nod probably means the nomination is it’s reward. But his Boy A impressed me very much.

    A surprise win for Saoirse would be something else!

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    I adore Ronan but I’m pretty sure she’d be the biggest upset winner in Lead Actress ever, at least on-par with Judy Holliday and Grace Kelly.

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    Agree with the title and was about to write an epic rant to besmirch the movie but realised that lot of my fav posters liked it; so will soften my words lmao.

    As a first hand witness to this subject, to me, it’s a movie that doesn’t add anything to immigration experience. It just adapts to novel with the most simplistic way with zero layers whatsover. I was criticizing “Room” for its weepy style here and there but comparing to Brooklyn that one looks like a masterpiece. At least its plot was original even though the director stretched it so much for its own good.
    The movie starts great and ends great and that’s probably the reason how people get attached it too much. Script is inconsistent, forgettable, relies on luck factor so much. The second part of the movie that she goes back to Ireland again felt completely out of place and was the thing that ruined things for me. How can she suddenly forget the love of her life after seeing one tall Irish boy? And Ronan’s facial expressions didn’t even change a bit, there should have been at least a part of doubt in her eyes when she was cheating on her newly husband. That re-adaptation process to Ireland should have been handled better.

    Director should be thankful to his lead actress to made this movie possible. Because without her charm and sweet eyes I don’t think this movie would even be in conversation at all. 
    Acting is very good overall though. I would’ve given them an ensemble nod. And in any other normal year they would’ve gotten it from SAG since it’s the type of movie that they enjoy. Like Best Exotic or August or Theory of Everything.

    Grade: B (if you watch it like a normal movie ignoring the fact that it’s on Oscar conversation)

    Under these conditions: C 

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    I loved Brooklyn and it deserves BP nomination . But what romance ? Ellis didn’t love Jim or Tony . 🙂

    Huh?? (SPOILER)

    The last shot shows who she comes back to. Unless I missed something. 

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    I loved Brooklyn and it deserves BP nomination . But what romance ? Ellis didn’t love Jim or Tony . 🙂

    Huh?? (SPOILER)

    The last shot shows who she comes back to. Unless I missed something. 
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    Yes  but not because love , old lady s threat forced her . 

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