I’m a romantic that cringes easily.
I love flowers everywhere, flouncy dresses and breathtaking landscapes. On the other hand I cringe at the idea of clichés and over the top gestures.
You might guess I have a lot of problems enjoying most romantic movies and novels. They usually feel formulaic and contrived to me. I know exactly what’s going to happen and I get upset because I don’t believe the characters (No men are that perfect!) It’s not that I don’t like romantic stories; I just want to feel like they could actually happen.
Which is why I loved the movie ‘Brooklyn’. It’s about a girl who leaves her home in Ireland for Brooklyn, New York in the early 1950s. It deals with the challenges of moving to a new place, missing your family and falling in love. It might sound simple, but that ‘s what I loved about it! I wish more romantic movies were made in this vein. While it is a romanticized version of ‘real life’ I believed that all of the characters and situations could have existed. There were no brawls for her attention, no mistaken identity’s or outrageously bad decisions, just a girl trying to work out the direction of her life. And it was magical.
Right now I’m in the process of getting all of my friends (even the cynics) to go see it. ‘Brooklyn’ just got an Oscar nomination for best picture and best actress so it should be in most theaters.
(Above is ‘Brooklyn’ in the New York street)