Monday, December 7, 2015

Books on the Big Screen: Brooklyn


The moment I saw the movie trailer for Brooklyn, I knew I had to read the book first and then see the movie. I am SO glad I did that, because both the book and movie were outstanding in their own ways.  If you missed my review of the book, you can check it out here.

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Although I loved the book, I had a few issues with it. My first issue focused mostly on the choices Eilis, the main character, made towards the second half of the book and secondly, the abrupt ending.  However, that wasn't the case with the movie.

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I can't believe I am going to say this, but the movie fixed my issues with the book; specifically, it glossed over the parts that I found to be abrasive. Eilis is definitely more likable in the movie and the ending was tied up much better. It's rare for me to enjoy a movie a bit more than the book, but that was the case here.

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The cinematography was gorgeous.  The movie truly brought to life Brooklyn in the 1950s as well as Ireland. Plus, the movie made me think a lot about the immigrant experience, just as the book did. I love when a movie is smart and it will leave you thinking about it long after the final credits have rolled.

Brooklyn is definitely one of my favorite movies of the year.  Have you seen the movie or read the book? Let me know what you think in the comments below. 


10 comments:

  1. I bought this book after reading your review! I cannot wait to watch it in film. :)

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    1. I can't wait to hear your thoughts. Brooklyn, the movie, was one of the strange cases where I liked the movie just a little bit more than the book b/c they fixed my issues with the book. I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for visiting, Joy!

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  2. YAY! It's so, so rare when a movie does a book justice, so to find one that fixes some of the issues with the book is even better. I was sort of hoping that would be the case with Mockingjay, but based on some reviews I've read I'm thinking that's not the case:(

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    1. I know, right?!? I am definitely nervous to watch Mockingjay. Thanks for visiting, Jenny!

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  3. Oh, my gosh! I'm so glad to hear that you loved it! I was a little concerned about the book and not sure I wanted to read it; I may skip it and just see the movie, Christina - ha! Thanks so much for the recommendation!

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    1. I don't blame you. The movie was phenomenal. I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for visiting, Tara!

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  4. I told one of the ladies in my book group about how the movie was better than the book. I had the same issues with the novel and in book group we wondered how anyone would make a good movie based on the book. Glad they changed things a little and pulled it off! I will be looking for Brooklyn when it is on DVD. May even host a screening for book group :)

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    1. I think you'll love the movie, Christina! A screening for your book club sounds like a blast. Thanks for dropping by!

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  5. I wasn't really that interested in the book or the film, to be honest. I would have--and will--order it from the library when it comes out on DVD, but I'm definitely looking forward to it now more than I was. Lol. I'm glad you enjoyed the movie more. Sometimes the movie is just better.

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    1. I think you'll like the movie, Natalie. It's on many critics best movie of the year list...hope you can see it soon! Thanks for visiting!

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