This is not a biopic about Brooklyn Beckham, but a drama about a young Irish woman moving to America in the early 1950s.
Brooklyn is a lovely film, and quite traditional in terms of its character growth and universal themes; leaving home, love and loss, travel sickness… Nick Hornby adapts Colm Tóibín’s novel with warmth, humour and funny dinner table scenes to rival Shrek 2.
Here, Julie Walters gives a great comic turn, while other welcome appearances include Jessica Paré from Mad Men and Domhnall Gleeson from everything. He must have been competing with Ben Whishaw to see who could be in the most films in 2015.
But Saoirse Ronan takes centre stage, as unparalleled as she is unpronounceable. Her Oscarnated lead performance sees her natural, believable development from awkward girl to confident young woman, and she’s a delight to watch.
Brooklyn is a good-natured, uplifting film about immigration, integration and the way that people change; a must-see for fans of Irish accents and cardigans.