‘Brooklyn’ Movie- Somewhat more of an ending.

4 Apr
Image via Coming Soon

Image via Coming Soon

I’m very fortunate that the good folks at ThinkJam Media contacted me and offered a free copy of Brooklyn on Blu-ray if I would do a review. Sorry to say this is a bit late, but I had to power through the book first! I really enjoyed the book and gave it 4 stars in my review. I watched the movie in celebration of my birthday on Thursday and was really blown away. Beware of spoilers below.

Things I Thought Were Awesome

Tony. He was perfect, just how I imagined him. I had a movie crush on this Tony to be sure. He was a great mix of confident and vulnerable and exactly how I pictured him. He looked the part, too. It was great casing.

Seeing Rose react to Eilis’s letters. These almost had me in tears knowing how the book would end. Seeing Rose miss her sister so much and knowing that Rose was sick were heart wrenching. I may have teared up a few times.

Watching Eilis change. She looks so different from the beginning to the end of the film and I loved that touch. She learned to do her hair and makeup so that when she went back to Ireland, she looked so different from the other girls. It really emphasized how much Brooklyn hand changed her.

Changes That Didn’t Really Bother Me

Taking the brothers out. Other than Jack, the brothers didn’t do much in the story. Jack’s main purpose was to ask Eilis to go home and I honestly thought it was a weak excuse in the book. The boys could just as easily have stayed home. (Ugh, gender roles.) It was a clean cut in my mind.

The ending. It was more of an ending, if not the one I would have written. I think screenwriter Nick Hornby knew that moviegoers would want a little more resolution than the book had. Even opening the letters from Tony was enough for me! I knew he wasn’t dead, haha. The scene with the girl traveling to Brooklyn for the first time was a great way of wrapping up and emphasizing how Eilis now belongs in America.

Book image via Goodreads.com

Book image via Goodreads.com

Things That Were Taken Out and I’m Still Wondering Why

The bathing suit scene. I found this scene really disturbing because of how uncomfortable Eilis was. It was well written and I felt the discomfort Eilis experienced. I did think the scene in the book needed more follow-up to it, though, so maybe it’s better that it’s cut. It bothered me a bit that there was a bit of it remaining. I would have cut the whole thing rather than leave the trail that was in the movie.

Mrs. Kehoe and Eilis’s fight. I felt that the fight was another thing keeping Eilis in Ireland. She was unhappy with where she was living and Ireland seemed so comfortable for her. In my mind, it added to her thinking Ireland was home and not wanting to return to New York.

Things That Changed Too Much

Not kissing Jim. I hated this part of the book, but I hate it more taken out. Going back to Tony seem so obvious when she and Jim aren’t very involved with each other. It was too easy without the more blatant romantic connection.

Rose’s death. It was too much to see her on the floor. In the book, she died in bed while sleeping and Mrs. Lacey thought she overslept. The scene in the book was almost too violent for me. I didn’t like it.

Standing up to Ms. Kelly. I thought this was too much for Eilis. She was a passive character so it made no sense to see her stand up to someone like Ms. Kelly. She was too nervous to tell her mother she was married, how is she brave enough to admit it to her old boss? I liked her walking out silently instead.

I’m so glad I got a copy of this movie. It’s one I can see myself watching again. Reader, have you see the Brooklyn movie? What did you think?

Until next time, write on.


12 Responses to “‘Brooklyn’ Movie- Somewhat more of an ending.”

  1. beckylindroos April 4, 2016 at 12:33 PM #

    I didn’t see the movie but I have two friends who both read the book and watched the movie. Their reactions were pretty much the same as yours. The thing is that Americans loved the idea that Eilis returned to NY, Irish folks were really sad about that ending – understandably.


    • Sam April 4, 2016 at 5:13 PM #

      That makes sense. I wish she could have had everything she wanted in Ireland before Rose died. I saw it more as returning to her husband that leaving home but it’s really both.


  2. Geronimo Reads April 4, 2016 at 4:41 PM #

    I haven’t read the book, but I absolutely loved this movie! If New York is where she’s the happiest, then let her be a happy Irish girl in New York. I really loved Tony. The Jim storyline kind of bothered me, but I suppose it’s a lot different in the book and I might have enjoyed it a little bit more then. Saorise is an amazing actress!


    • Sam April 4, 2016 at 5:15 PM #

      The Jim storyline in the book bothered me me more to be honest. I hope she can be happy in New York. I really loved both!!


  3. S B Williams April 4, 2016 at 6:33 PM #

    I saw an advanced screening of the movie. Have not read the book. So question?? I don’t know what they changed and didn’t change (or do they change stuff in movies after advanced screenings??) For example, in the advanced screening, I thought they did the bathing suit scene where she was quite uncomfortable? As you mentioned was in the book. Second, there was a really terribly done sex scene that I felt was unnecessary. I know my opinions are not everyone else’s but it wasn’t even done well at ALL. Was the sex scene in the book? Did these occur in the cut of film you watched?

    Comments on the movie:
    I hated that she stayed back so long in Ireland after all. It was just like a whole mess of bad decisions on her part. I don’t know I didn’t read the book so I am only going off the movie. I feel like she was being terrible for emotionally involving herself with Jim. I get that it is very possible in real life to become so emotionally attached and such to 2 different people in 2 different places especially as different as they were. I didn’t like that she ignored his letters. I just didn’t sympathize with her…just my opinion “shrugs’


    • Sam April 5, 2016 at 7:55 AM #

      The bathing suit scene in the book was very long and involved. Maybe part of the scene you saw was cut because the version I saw had only a brief scene that didn’t portray the same level of discomfort in my opinion. The sex scene is in the book and I think it has a much bigger role in the book plot because not a lot came from the one in the movie. The book made me sympathize with her less over Jim. Ignoring Tony’s letters made me want to cry. I was getting madder and madder the longer she stayed in Ireland as well. I guess I felt bad for Tony! Thanks for the comment.

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      • S B Williams April 5, 2016 at 8:32 PM #

        I don’t quite remember the bathing suit scene preciesely, it has been a while since I’ve seen it. But I did sense an uncomfortable feeling going on. And about the sex scene, if it had been done well, I think it would have added a great element to the story. However, the way the movie did it was just awful. So many things could have been done better but there’s no need to go into that. Great review and comparison 🙂 I don’t often see these kinds of reviews. 🙂


      • Sam April 5, 2016 at 10:03 PM #

        Compared to how uncomfortable the sex scene was in the book, I thought it was sweet in the movie. It was realistic to me that her first time would be awkward. I love doing comparison reviews. Please stick around if you like it as I tend to do these from time to time. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. kay April 5, 2016 at 1:47 AM #

    I saw the movie first and am planning to read the book soon. I’ll be interested to see the differences you described. Glad you enjoyed the movie overall. 🙂


    • Sam April 5, 2016 at 7:56 AM #

      Thanks! The book was really great, I hoe you like it!!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. viviheartbooks April 5, 2016 at 10:02 AM #

    I am so excited to see this movie! I had no idea there was a book, now I have to read it.


    • Sam April 5, 2016 at 10:21 AM #

      It was really good, I hope you enjoy both!!

      Liked by 1 person

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