Brooklyn

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Vampire Owl :: Let me see this. Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay; some big nominations right there.

Vampire Bat :: I told you that this is the right movie to be watched.

Vampire Owl :: Based on Brooklyn by Colm Toibin; so the novel is also there to read.

Vampire Bat :: But the last time you read a novel was when global warming hadn’t even started.

Vampire Owl :: Yes, but I make exceptions, like with the Lich Queen.

Vampire Bat :: That was when she wrote the “poem of undead death” and you had to read it or be bitten by animated corpses which were worse than zombies.

Vampire Owl :: Yes, but that still counts as reading.

Vampire Bat :: Saoirse Ronan is your favourite from Byzantium too; lets not forget that.

Vampire Owl :: Things are becoming clearer now…

Vampire Bat :: And City of Ember as well as Atonement which goes further back. Enough reasons there!

[Gets three cups of tea with jackfruit chips].

What is it about? :: In the 1950s, Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) lives with her sister and mother in a small town called Enniscorthy, along the South East coast of Ireland. As she is unable to find good work, her sister Rose (Fiona Glascott) writes to Father Flood (Jim Broadbent) in Brooklyn who arranges her travel to the United States of America in hope for a better tomorrow for her. Suffering from from seasickness and then homesickness, she has a troubled road to the new city far away. Despite the problems that she faces, there she joins the bookkeeping classes and also comes across Anthony Fiorello (Emory Cohen) whom she meets at a dance, and falls in love. But the sudden death of her sister will call her back to Ireland. The question remains about what she will choose after that incident – Enniscorthy or Brooklyn?

So what happens next? :: With her mother alone and hoping for someone to be there with her, Ellis, who is now Ellis Fiorello after getting married in Brooklyn, will choose not to reveal the news about her marriage to anyone and remain in Ireland. There she will meet again with her old friend Nancy (Eileen O’Higgins) whose wedding she hope to attend by extending her stay there, and she also meets another man, Jim Farrell (Domhnall Gleeson) again. She also manages to find work as an accountant where her sister used to work, and the choice becomes a lot more difficult. Can her love for the man whom she met at her worst times turned into the best make sure that she will go back to Brooklyn, or is it the newly found comfort back at home that works better for her heart and brain? Whatever it is, Ellis will have to make the choice.

The defence of Brooklyn :: There are not many love stories that are so smooth, and so effective, even at such slow pace. You will feel the beauty of the world that we see in this movie, visually for sure, and also otherwise. There has been the lack of good romantic movies in the recent past, as the degradation has always created more and more movies full booze and sex, and no real love. So, it is great to have a movie like this, in which you can feel the love, and enjoy the top level performances from the leading cast. The emotions are effective as well as beautiful here, and as we are taken to that certain time period, we will feel the need to be there too, with the people, the buildings and the nature itself; and there is a certain amount of happiness that the movie that leaves us with.

Positives and negatives :: Brooklyn might feel kind of slow, which can make it seem to be a little bit too long for the interests of some people. It is the old-fashioned love that reflects the nature of the age during which it is happening. It is a fine level of feel-good that we have here, and the fairy-tale love story that everyone would wish for, with all its simplicity. Saoirse Ronan makes that kind of impact, that we will fall in love with the life of this particular Irish girl. In the end, we are left with the much needed idea for the age, that true love succeeds, and returns where it deserves to be. Brooklyn surely has a huge heart, and its soul is at the right place; it is also smart and makes its point perfectly. It should be why an old-fashioned movie gets itself on top, facing all those movies which might seem ahead of it when we look at them. Brooklyn, without doubt deserves all the appreciation that it has earned.

Performers of the soul :: Saoirse Ronan has been an amazing actress, and right from her first few movies years ago, she has never failed to create an impression, and Brooklyn is no different. I first noticed her in City of Ember, and Byzantium happens to be my favourite movie featuring her. From the beginning to the end, it is her show that is going on here, going through the changes on her character which such perfection. She makes things feel so real, whether it is about the sadness, the romance or that feeling of happiness – all that twinkles in her eyes. It is into her world that we enters, and leave with bliss! I have felt that this one goes deep, and wished that she had won an Academy Award for this one. Meanwhile, Emory Cohen plays his role with no trouble, as the character becomes one memorable one; Domhnall Gleeson nicely joins in and makes the point.

How it finishes :: Brooklyn takes that beautiful message of true love to another level, as it remains sweet and cute throughout its run. It talks about why it matters to be with the person whom you have always loved no matter what comfort the other things can provide you with. In a new world in which people only look for one’s job, house, money and family name to get married, the movies that follow the old style of love become a lot relevant. These days, whether it is love marriage or arranged marriage, people have been too much focused on money, and living through such an age of self-proclaimed ancient, rich aristocratic people and families, we need movies like Brooklyn – for true love should be what the poets have written about, and not what these sex-romantic-comedies define for the new generation.

Release date: 4th November 2015
Running time: 112 minutes
Directed by: John Crowley
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, Bríd Brennan, Jenn Murray, Fiona Glascott, Jessica Paré, Eileen O’Higgins, Emily Bett Rickards, Eve Macklin, Nora-Jane Noone, Michael Zegen, Paulino Nunes, James DiGiacomo, Christian de la Cortina, Ellen David, Eva Birthistle

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Byzantium

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The vampires who keep coming :: Ever since Byzantium released, I have been looking forward to watching the same, and it is only much later that I had a chance. May be Byzantium is not a movie for everyone or most of the normal people, and the multiplex owners seems to have realized it even before the movie had any chance to grace the theatres – I guess they would have done the same with Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles if released in this decade without Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. My desire for a good vampire movies has rarely been given wings and neither did any possible werewolf love, thanks to the pathetic creations like Twilight and Mortal Instruments which have used the supernatural beings in a terrible manner, forcing me to abandon any thoughts of watching movies with vampires in it – saying no to vampire stuff was never that easy before. There was also Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters which seriously contributed to the same (it at least had the stunningly beautiful Zoey Deutch, unlike the Twilight series), only turning itself to a funny movie whenever it was really serious. Then I had to watch Byzantium, and that made me come up with a few points why I loved this wonderful movie.

1. Byzantium is the best vampire movie after Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles of 1994, belonging to the same class as the 2010 movie Let Me In (or Let the Right One In) and slightly better than the less appreciated movie of 1997 – Vampire Journals.

2. Byzantium is a good thing to have if you did accidentally put your head into Twilight or Mortal Instruments, as it has that ability to bring you back to love the supernatural and the vampire yet again; thus the antidote you will need.

3. The movie stands right between Let Me In and Twilight, with a romance that has a teenager falling for the very old teenage vampire girl, but with all the creepiness of the former, and no bloody exaggerated romance like Bella vomits on Edward Cullen.

4. The bloodsucking is given a new dimension with the use of nails, while we have been looking at bites all the time – coming from the same director who gave us Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, I was expecting something new like that.

5. The story has two female protagonists, a mother and daughter who are vampires who are always on the run, and mystery that surrounds them if unfolds in such a beautiful manner that you can’t stop thinking about it.

6. There is a code among these two vampires, as one of them only feeds from the weak and the dying, sending them to eternal joy from the world of pain, and the other one feeds on those who attempts to take advantage of the weak.

7. There is no turning the other into vampire by biting, and the vampirism of this movie is something that is gained by being prepared to sacrifice one’s life – only by being ready for death can one achieve eternal life – now that is no usual evil vampire stuff.

8. The use of flashbacks is beautiful, and they come up with something every now and then as the story of the present moves on. It is never without its captivating ability, and the background story is a big boon for this one.

9. Saoirse Ronan is an awesome young vampire who has complications with her mother who never ages, and makes them go around the world. Her words and the pain that she narrates with it, are striking; and then there are her eyes and the way she stares.

10. Gemma Arterton as Clara Webb is wonderful with her ability to survive, from being the subaltern among all due to one bad decision of her life, she keeps making the right decision, and supported by her beauty and charms, she thrives; looks more beautiful than ever.

11. Jonny Lee Miller’s Captain Ruthven is a as close to a dreadful villain as possible, one who unfortunately for the viewers, is not seen in the present, but with those flashbacks, he is responsible for all that the mother and daughter are now, a man of pure evil.

12. Sam Riley’s Midshipman Darvell also has a certain amount of charm, being the man who could have avoided this plight, but was not given the opportunity by the young lady. This depiction shows him as a man in pain and helplessness which he tries to hide.

13. The movie has a haunting atmosphere right from the beginning to the end, and there is no real happy side to it. There is some brutal telling of the story which is dark and with abiding sadness, but still not that horror or tragedy that one would expect.

14. Byzantium is incredibly powerful in its dealings with the supernatural as well as the human side. It has a huge darkness element in each of its characters, which is surely more than any sign of goodness we see in this movie.

15. There is a river of blood which flows down through a waterfall and meets the sea, while birds make strange sounds a fly away, as dark clouds fill the sky – that moment of transformation which is an awesome moment of visual splendor.

16. The movie has successfully captured the feeling of being alone and different with the daugher, and that of being mistreated and punished for no crime of oneself with the mother, and there is so much beauty in how it is shown.

17. There is a certain amount of contrast being made, with the humans and the vampires, with all the humans in the movie being either good and weak or evil and strong, just the vampires being in the middle of all these with no specific side.

18. The cinematography is too beautiful in this movie, and every time we look at it, we see a beautiful world created with a suiting surrounding, and lovely looking people around, as the two leading ladies steal the show.

19. The past and present comes together, and when it is finished and the mosaic is complete, we have a finished product which is nothing less than a poetry which we were told to complete during our school days.

20. I quote from the movie: “My story can never be told. I write it over and over, wherever we find shelter. I write of what I cannot speak: the truth. I write all I know of it, then I throw the pages to the wind. Maybe the birds can read it“.

The final Vampire Bat touch :: I believe many of us might have thought that there is nothing new to come up with the vampires, unless Anne Rice gets younger and come up with some new book or Suzanne Collins moves into some kind of futuristic vampire science fiction story. But this movie proves otherwise. Even with slight drag and often lacking in big surprises, this exquisite movie successfully battles the popularity of stupid vampire romance for teenagers, and leaves us hoping that it had a better release around the world. Neil Jordan once again scores, this time, without the help of a novel. Well, how can one expect the Vampire Bat not to like a vampire movie which has some intellect and imagination associated with it? *Meanwhile, I have reached twenty posts of the story @ The Divine Epic (http://divineepic.wordpress.com/) and I hope you all can have a look my fiction work 😀 As I have separated the story into four separate timelines, I believe that it will be easy to follow if you click on each timeline and read the story instead of going ahead right from the beginning to last post 😉

Release date: 28th June 2013
Running time: 118 minutes
Directed by: Neil Jordan
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton, Sam Riley, Jonny Lee Miller, Daniel Mays, Caleb Landry Jones, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Warren Brown, Thure Lindhardt

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