Film Review ‘Lady Bird’

November 16th, 2017 | by Annie
Film Review ‘Lady Bird’

Christine ‘Lady Bird’ McPherson – The adventures of a young woman living in Northern California for a year.

Saoirse Ronan
Laurie Metcalf
Odeya Rush

Rated R

The opening scene in Lady Bird sets sets a fresh and wonderful tone for the entire film. Here we have a mother/daughter road trip and as the two become emotional while listening to books on tape a sudden, shocking and hilarious physical altercation occurs. From that point on our heroine wears a cast on her arm through half the film which takes place over a years time in the young girl’s senior year of high school.

Lady Bird stars a demanding yet thoughtful high school senior, Christine McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) as she courts mischief and adventure along with her eccentric school friends and tries to avoid bonding with her critical but caring mother – all the while living in the confines of Sacramento, California. Lady Bird isn’t her true name but rather one she feels most comfortable with. And that’s pretty much how she rolls as it pertains to school work, choosing friends, boyfriends and getting along with family. She finds that despite her humble background she can mingle and date the popular and rich kids but finds it’s not always what you think it is.

A critical turn happens in the film when Lady Bird is at a meeting with her high school principal Sister Sarah Joan, a Catholic Nun who in a clever way reveals to Lady Bird that when someone pays attention to you they are showing love. Her mother couldn’t be more opposite it seems but Lady Bird realizes these jabs may not be bad after all.

Over all I have to give this film a 7.5 out of 10 stars for original story and fabulous acting by all the main characters including Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf and Odeya Rush. The film’s originality and premise will have you sobbing, feeling pensive and laughing out loud which is always a recipe for a great picture. I wouldn’t watch it with young children but mature teens will appreciate and understand ‘Lady Bird’ and it’s delightful humor.

Greta Gerwig wrote and directed this breakout film based on her own experiences growing up in Sacramento, California and it’s evident she’s graduated from her previous “mumblecore” independent films. She is a legitimate Hollywood director where there are arguably few women who are as successful.

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