She shows us a young woman, newly come to America. She’s homesick as all get out. Shy, reserved. But you don’t doubt there’s a confidence there…a good head on her shoulder once she gets her bearings. We watch her slowly gain confidence, do well in school, fall in love with a sweet Italian boy. Thomas Wolfe said “you can’t go home again.” You can see why with Ms. Ronan. The film shows what happens when you outgrow what you once knew. She has quiet determination.
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Stallone plays this not like a punch drunk, There’s a quiet elegance about this young
down-on -his-luck palooka. He’s an older actress…and I’m not talking glamor. She
man, wiser. He realizes the past is the past has poise and comportment whether she’s
and knows he’s had his time. He truly getting sick to her stomach on a rough sea
makes Rocky Balboa feel like a real person voyage or walking past Brooklyn brown-
to me. And it wasn’t fake sentiment that stones in 1952. She brings to mind Deborah
brought tears to my eyes. There’s a poig- Kerr, for me. C’mon don’t start pooh-pooh-
nancy of heart that got to me. I think Stal- ing my comparisons. I recognize she’s her
lone will win the Academy Award for Best own person. There’s a stillness and centered-
Supporting Actor for a role he brought to ness to her performance that reminds me of
the forefront forty years ago. You know Kerr. I first saw her in “Atonement” and was
Hollywood loves that stuff. And Stallone astonished by her. She’ll stick around. We’ll
does a very good job. just have to learn how to pronounce her name.
Michael B. Jordan ( “Creed” ) and Emory Cohen ( “Brooklyn” ) both deserve kudoes for engaging performances. I don’t know Cohen at all, but I loved his sweet way in this. As for Jordan, I’ve seen him in: “Red Tails” ~ “That Awkward Moment” ~ “Fruitvale Station.” He’s a strong actor, and should do well in the future with open-minded casting directors.
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