"Brooklyn" - Advice to a film critic


THE NEW YORKER - critic Richard Brody on the film "Brooklyn" ( November 2015).  It went right over his head. He didn't get it!

Dear Mr. Brody:

You fell victim to a Myron Tribes quote:  "There is no such thing as immaculate perception. What you see depends on what you thought before you looked."

"Brooklyn" is NOT meant to be a the great immigrant film (or novel). It is love story about a young Irish woman who must decide between a young man in the old world and a young man  in the new. It is character driven, a simple story designed to be just that and only that. An epic is plot driven with lots of characters and subplots, with major  involvement  in the world that wraps around it.)

Before I saw the film, I heard everyone saying, “Oh, see the film Brooklyn. It’s wonderful.” I was resigned to not liking it because I had written and published THE PROVIDER, a Russian Jewish immigrant novel about a protagonist who came to the United States from Soviet Russia in 1922, falls in love with another immigrant and they struggle to achieve the American Dream. What could Brooklyn offer that my novel had not already rendered in the human heart?

I watched "Brooklyn," and true to my bias I was not impressed. I wondered why the film was such a success. Therefore, I watched it again. And still again. And eventually fell in love with it.  I continued to return to it because everything else on TV was sci-fi, thriller, war, warrior, fantasy.

A male friend who knew I was watching the film repeatedly and talking about it finally saw the film himself and asked me what I liked about it.  My quick answer: “This is a simple story about REAL people.”

I still watch it.