Updated: Jul 5, 2018
"I hate California, I want to go to the east coast. I want to go where culture is like New York, or Connecticut or New Hampshire." - Christine 'Lady Bird' McPherson, Lady Bird
Before anything, I want to say: This is a fantastic movie.
Lady Bird, is a self-given nickname for a girl named Christine McPherson. The film follows her as she completes her last year of high school and faces the challenges of growing up.
And, as charming and amazing the movie is, let’s calm down on the praise a bit (it's not all that great). I’ve been seeing a lot of this and that about how Lady Bird is “The best movie of the year” and so on. But, I must disagree.
There is a such a warm and inviting atmosphere throughout this whole film. It is sweet and innocent. It’s equal parts heartbreaking as it is super funny. Lady Bird, pecked at the little rebellious spirit inside of us all. The acting by Saoirse Ronan as Lady Bird and Laurie Metcalf as the mother, Marion, was superb. I'll admit each one was delivering some of the best performances of the year so far. What I truly appreciate about this movie, even though it was brilliantly filmed and interlaced with some genuinely scenic shots, It felt like I was watching life unfold rather than a film. The sense of realism in the movie was so spot on and pervasive throughout; I think that is what makes this movie special.
The ending was perfect in that it didn’t resolve much of anything, but rather provided a wonderful catharsis for both the audience and Lady Bird.
Gerta Gerwig, the director and writer, CAME THROUGH!
But, with all that said, it also felt kind of basic. A few steps away from sheer perfection.
I think it was an excellent movie, but it’s starting to get slightly over-hyped; it’s another La La land. It’s a slightly above mediocre film that the most significant demographic(Y'all know who) it appeals to has fallen in love with because they all relate to it because they all can see themselves as Lady Bird in some way. It's a cute movie that makes you feel good.
I didn't necessarily find it refreshing or in anyway new. It was something I felt I watched before, something I liked watching, but I had already seen it.
That is the only place it is lacking for me.
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Should it have been left on the cutting room floor or should you be running out the door to see it?
It’s an excellent movie to watch on a Saturday afternoon, and something people should watch. Especially with Mothers.