Stories have no "ifs"

Kris 2022-04-23 07:01:57

I love this movie, mainly because it's real.
Just like "Time Traveler", although the subject matter is very different, it is also full of the taste of life.
The girl's ordinary, gentle and firm character is the same as the tone of the movie, not exaggerated or dramatic, but the small twists and turns of the plot just make people fall into it. I have always preferred such movies, above life, without too much separation, with a touch of romanticism. It's not that movies like Sin City or Pulp Fiction are bad, I love both, it's just that the style is different, people like to read strange novels, to stimulate the numb spirit, but also need a gentle realism, in other people's lives Reflect on yourself in order to gain empathy and comfort.

A girl's choice has been a reflection of the psychology of most young people today. Life in the small town was uneventful. The parents in every house were talked about by women who had nothing to do and chewed repeatedly. Life was transparent and pale, simple but suffocating. There is no possibility of its own value being discovered, and mediocrity seems to be an inevitable fate. New York, on the other hand, is a new blank page, busy, tense, but full of vitality. Eilis worked in the mall in New York City, and received fair and objective criticism and advice; what she learned in night school was enough to change her destiny; getting along with the girls, she knew how to dress up beautifully, and Tony The love affair that makes her gain courage and sweetness in being adored. Brooklyn had unknowingly transformed her into someone else.

The second part of the story is the most controversial, because of the ambiguity between her and Jim, the original simple story has become ethical, and some people question whether Eilis would resolutely buy a ticket to return if it weren't for Miss Kelly's biting sarcasm and threats. New York. On this point, I also pondered whether the story would be different because of the disappearance of this turning point, and the conclusion is that I do not know. All I know is that Eilis, who returned to her hometown and small town, was different because of New York. She challenged handsome boys with outspokenness from the very beginning. Compared with the previous girl who was forbearing and often at a loss, she was already a different person; Afterwards, she walked through the streets in a sky blue dress and sunglasses bought in New York, and acquaintances passing by couldn't help but praise her dress style; because of the knowledge she learned in New York, she was able to quickly handle the shopping mall's bills. Being in good order, she was retained by the store manager; when chatting with friends, the experience of working hard on the other side of the ocean made her appear calm and confident, and her life in a foreign country made her a little mysterious in the eyes of small town friends.
If it weren't for these changes, if Eilis was still the ordinary and simple town girl from before, would tall and handsome Jim be attracted to her? I don't think so. Jim confessed to her at the restaurant: "Maybe it seems to you that my life is very easy, taking over my father's bar, living in my parents' house, I can imagine how outsiders see it all. But it's not like that. I've never been anywhere. I haven't even been to England, I want to see London, Paris, Rome, New York. It's scary to think that I might never be in Ireland in my life." Eilis' experience and insight attracted Jim, or perhaps in Jim's eyes, Eilis was the symbol of the unknown world he longed for, making him eager to approach and possess.
So, Brooklyn made Eilis, and this predicament wouldn't exist in the first place if the New York experience didn't change her.

Now, however, she has two options: stay in her hometown, Eilis can have a handsome husband, a high-class life, a comfortable villa, a satisfying job, and be closer to her aging mother (yes, that's not all A girl's dream?), and in New York, not only will there be pressure to find a job, but Tony may never be able to bring Eilis the privilege and riches he had living with Jim. Such a choice, as long as it is a mortal, I think it will be in trouble.
But the engagement with Tony was only the most superficial restriction on Eilis. Had it not been for the dramatic turn of being coerced by Miss Kelly in the movie, sooner or later, Eilis, who stayed in the small town, would have recollected what he was fleeing from. Miss Kelly's words are an aspect and a microcosm of the character of this small town, and what finally forced her to make a choice is always the one she was fleeing in the first place.

But no story has an "if" like real life. Maybe the screenwriter doesn't know if Eilis will return to Brooklyn if he loses this turning point, but Eilis in the story has gone back. So let's just accept this is the only ending, at least, seeing Tony running down the street in the sunset hugging Eilis, makes me so glad she didn't keep Tony waiting.

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Extended Reading
  • Wendy 2022-04-24 07:01:06

    It would be a pleasure to see this kind of bland feature film in a domestic cinema, narrating the story calmly, occasionally a little emotional and playful. The passage of my sister's death made my eyes sore. Saoirse Ronan did a good job and deserves credit. Loved it before going back to Ireland, and the character's motives are pretty bad for the handling of returning to the United States.

  • Jerel 2022-03-21 09:01:51

    Ireland is really like Japan in Europe, good at producing pure love films. It is possible to make such a calm, homesick story that lacks narrative energy, through the performances that fill the eyes without crying, the scenes and editing that are not rushed, and the soothing soundtrack that lays out the emotions. There is no passion to deplete hormones, and there is no such a tragic turn of fate, a seasick, America arrives; a letter from home, nostalgia freezes; an encounter, a new life begins

Brooklyn quotes

  • Diana: Have you told Tony yet, Ellis?

    Eilis: Of course.

    Sheila: Is he taking you out to celebrate?

    Eilis: We're going to Coney Island at the weekend.

    Patty: Oh, boy.

    Eilis: What does that mean?

    Patty: Well, do you have a bathing costume?

    Eilis: No, I was going to...

    Diana: Do you have sunglasses?

    Eilis: No.

    Sheila: You need sunglasses. I read that if you don't have them on the beach this year, people will talk about you.

    Mrs. Keogh: And what will they say, exactly, Sheila?

    Dolores: That's the thing, Mrs Kehoe. You'd never know, because they'd never say it to your face.

  • Miss Fortini: [Fitting Ellis with a new swimming costume] You'll have to shave down there. I'll give you a razor that will do the trick. You're all right there for the moment. Most Italian men appreciate a fuller figure. But, watch yourself over the summer. The black's too dark for your pale skin. Let's see you in the green.