Lady Bird is written and directed by Greta Gerwig and stars Saoirse Ronan as a young girl named Christine who would prefer everyone in her life to call her Lady Bird.
She’s trying to navigate the remaining years of her high school life while also searching for a college she’d like to go to she’d love to get out of Sacramento if she was given the opportunity and this is a coming-of-age story that’s different than most usually ones that focus on a girl or about a romance of some kind like she meets a boy and it changes her life and then she’s able to go out on her journey and experience great things.
Lady Bird does meet boys along the way here one of them played by Lucas hedges but this movie is not a romantic love story about Lady Bird and some boy this is a love story about mother and daughter and how the two of them are so drastically different and how they both make each other’s lives really hard and in just that one way this movie is so fresh and so unique and extremely pleasurable to watch this is one of my favorite movies of the year it’s extremely well acted Saoirse Ronan gives probably the best performance, I’ve seen from her she is so so drastically real in this movie and one of the best parts of what Greta Gerwig has done with her script is that scenes kind of begin they don’t feel like they have a natural beginning like most movie scenes do when you sit down to write a script sometimes you think about, how am I gonna start my scene well we’ll have this logical progression that builds into the moment oftentimes scenes begin in Lady Bird.
With characters mid-conversation and you’re like what were they just talking about well it doesn’t matter because we’re now observing this moment and the moments are so well realized because the scenes just come about that technique keeps this film feeling so raw the film also has a really great balance of portraying our lead character at this religious school that she’s going to and it’s making it hard on her she wants to blossom she wants to do a lot with her life but there’s a lot of restrictions, there normally when films have a character at a Catholic school or something very strict like that they portray it as this big negative like a really horrible time in their life where they weren’t able to follow their dreams this movie sidesteps that and presents it as simply not necessarily a roadblock but just something that Lady Bird has to deal with it doesn’t say you shouldn’t go to Catholic school it doesn’t say like don’t believe in these things because it’s hard on you it just shows moments it feels like you’re watching contained moments throughout this character’s life which the best coming-of-age stories do that all the performers across the board are terrific Laurie Metcalf Lucas hedges all of them really strong work there is not a weak link in regards to the actors.
Here the film also balances the right amount of embarrassment with realism there’s so many scenes here where you just cringe for the lead character but it’s not awkward in the way that some films do when it comes off kind of pretentious like hey look at this really awkward character we wrote aren’t they so unique and different and weird aren’t, I a great writer Greta Gerwig really does a great job to avoid all of those cliches. I’d be curious to know how much of the film is improvised because the dialogue flows so naturally between actors I found myself really caring about these characters.I was wrapped up in their lives and I was honestly concerned about them.
I felt like, I wanted to befriend them and be like it’s okay you know there’s gonna be a next day you can get through this and that’s the sign of a great movie when you forget that you’re watching one and you just feel so invested in the characters Greta Gerwig has done a great job with her solo directing debut she had co-directed another film once before but this is all her and she shines this is an amazing debut and I can’t wait to see what else she does a few times a year a movie like Lady Bird comes along the kind of film where it feels like hey this could go on a lot longer like. I would like to see what else these characters do I want to know what else these people are going to do what are they gonna do tomorrow, I want to know what’s happening in their lives and it’s almost sad when it ends because you’re thinking man, I was really wrapped into that it’s short it’s like 93 minutes but it’s quite an enjoyable watch and in retrospect.
I have not one single flaw or anything about this film that I felt out of place it’s a mesmerizing debut Greta Gerwig should be really pleased. I’m gonna give ladybird and a plus it’s starting to expand to more theater so that’s why, I got to see it. I hope you guys do check it out it’s worth your time.