Hands down, my pick for best picture of 2015 must go to Brooklyn, starring Saoirse Ronan and directed by John Crowley. This film is remarkable in many ways. Firstly the acting, across the board, is superb. If you have ever wondered what the expression “the camera loves her” truly means, see this film and be entranced by the camera presence of Ronan. In every scene--even during long shots, even when her eyes are cast down--she makes an intimate connection with her audience—it’s quite amazing to see. Performances by supporting actors are similarly dazzling—not in some flashy way, but simply because they are “right on”.
It is hard to imagine a more perfect portrayal of an Irish priest than that given by Jim Broadbent as Fr. Flood. He is warm, understated, completely authentic. Very notable too is Julie Walters as the keeper of the Brooklyn boarding house; she is hilarious, hard-nosed, but soft on the inside—a secondary character who manages to be quite three-dimensional. There is no weak link among the cast.
There are many good films contending for the Best Picture prize at the Oscars this year. Room is very moving, an excellent piece of work. I also have a very soft spot for The Martian, which happily proves to me that good Science Fiction movies are not extinct quite yet. The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, I enjoyed these too, but none, on the sweetness scale, comes close to Brooklyn.
Maybe it`s worth making a new category—Sweetest Film of the Year.