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Friday, December 11, 2015

Report Card----"Brooklyn"

"Brooklyn" is a movie that you really want to fall in love with.
And for the first two thirds of it, I was in love with it.
Then, the story took a shallow, meaningless turn, and never recovered from it.
It takes place in the early 1950s.
It is about a young Irish girl who has the opportunity to move to America, specifically Brooklyn, where a better job awaits her.
She leaves behind a mother and a sister who she adores.
Will she make the adjustment?
Soon enough she has an Italian boyfriend and is head over heels in love with him.
For reasons I won't divulge she returns to Ireland for a "short visit".
Will she return?

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

It's never not interesting.

Compelling even?

Not quite.

Is it controversial?


Is it a story worth telling?

There really isn't enough of a legitimate conflict.
Perhaps it could be fixed.

Is it good storytelling?

Until about the 1 hour and ten minute mark.

Is it well written?

The dialogue is quite engaging.

Is it well cast? Well played?


Well shot?

Extremely. I love the cars.

Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?

It is very atmospheric. But I suppose anyone could have done it as well.

How long does it take to establish the film's locale?

Immediately. First Ireland, then Brooklyn.

Is it too long? Too short?

Length was not the problem. I just thought the ending was arrived at totally artificially.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Until the two-thirds mark.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

That's the problem. Once you see where it's going, it's totally predictable.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

I'm still trying to figure out how to fix it. And it's too late.

Is it funny?

It's often quite charmingly funny.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

'Fraid not.

Is it impressive?

On some levels.

Overall grade: B-.

Obviously, I'm leaving out the spoiler alert.
If you want it, send me an e-mail and I'll send it to you.
My e-mail address is below.


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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."