Lady Bird (2017)
Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson, a fiercely independent teenager, tries to make her own way in the world while wanting to get out of her hometown of Sacramento, California & to get away from her complicated mother & recently-unemployed father.
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It's complicated... I really like the directing, acting and writing but, there are issues with the way it's shot that I just can't deny. As much as I love the storytelling and the fantastic performance but, there are also certain scenes that didn't need to exist.
In truth, there is barely enough story here to make a film.
The first must-see film of the year.
I watched all the Academy nominees' films and I need to win this award for me. I enjoyed every minute of it was a wonderful film, a great screenplay, excellent acting all very good players in the future. The film was quite realistic and it should be in a movie as if it was a real life I felt like I was living in a young girl I was fully aware of the years of puberty. If I were a member who voted in the academy, I gave it to the best movie award for the lady bird. I would like to thank everyone who has passed the test in this film I enjoyed it very much
Greta Gerwig's profound understanding of human subtleties and relationships results in a masterfully crafted script filled with people and experiences that we feel we know intimately, but none of which that feel cliché. Her direction with tone and pacing creates a unique constant teetering between snarky and sincere, laughs and tears, which amounts to a truly satisfying cinematic experience that hits all the right notes.Lady Bird is about a girl growing up, but it is just as much about a mom letting go, and that dual perspective tug-of-war tension is what hoists it above traditional coming-of-age genre stories. It takes place in a specific time, but there is a timeless quality to the dialogue that relies on situational and observational humor above cheap pop culture references or one-liners that you definitely see in other millennial comedies. All signs point to this movie aging as well as any from 2017, and very well could be remembered as one of this generation's defining classics in 50+ years.
When Christine McPherson, or Lady Bird as she prefers to be called, discovers she has been accepted into Public Ivy UC Davis, she curls her lip in disgust; it's a mere thirty minutes away, when really she dreams leaving her nest and flying away to the Big Apple, or at the very least Connecticut. Her entire existence serves as an affront to the modest Sacramento, her style a personal rebellion. The only thing pinker than her streaked hair or prom dress is the cast she sports after flinging herself out of the car mid-argument in the opening vignette, in protest of her mother's parental suffocation. It's a wonderful scene of conflicting perspectives and overlapping dialogue, all timed to perfection by a mother and daughter each trying to get their own word in.It helps that Saoirse Ronan is capable of tuning into any frequency that the film calls for. In truth, she's better coy than cutting and sardonic anyway, as if you feel a huge weight lift off her shoulders in the quieter moments where she isn't keeping up the facade. When she's in the classroom trying to impress the 'cool' girls, her neck is craned forward and her eyes dart around to make sure everyone is hearing and seeing this. But watch her fumble through an approach to a potential crush (both times) and you see the self-consciousness cascade from inside her, and it feels real.In many instances it is the dialogue's authenticity that shines through, juggling the messy and often hilarious contradictions of a teenager's mind: Lady Bird and her best friend Julie throw dirty looks and scoff at the popular Jenna's petrol-guzzling land rover, only to rapidly switch tack and gush at how pretty she is. Later they are lying on their backs with legs up on the wall, munching on communion wafers ("They're not consecrated.") and barely holding in their laughter as they compare their delicate usage of shower handles. The camera zeroes in on this odd little vignette through an upside-down overhead shot, and it is the perfect encapsulation of the film's milieu, a lull in the day of a small-town Catholic school for two girls who only dream of graduation and beyond, and must meanwhile entertain themselves. Lady Bird fends off her micromanaging mum, all the while crossing paths with the usual caricatures, although Gerwig tries her best to sidestep expectations. Amongst them is queen bee Jenna (who's cooler than we expect, and plainer in her ambitions - not that there's anything wrong with that), first crush Danny who is eventually revealed to be gay, and second crush Kyle, who flirts the line between hilarious and infuriating with his constant posturing. The intention behind the mockery is to highlight the hypocrisy of the upper middle class, but Gerwig makes him too easy a punching bag, constantly sporting a cigarette (hand-rolled, naturally) and a Howard Zinn book but not a cellphone (although he whips one out to make detour before prom, further drawing attention to his phoniness). Then again, isn't he exactly the dreamy type that Lady Bird would fall for, only to look back on as Christine and groan as the audience does?Lady Bird believes she has already outgrown Sacramento, and merely asks for the room to spread her wings, but her mother, in a searing performance by Laurie Metcalf, only asks for her to be considerate. Neither are entirely in the wrong. The film's journey is an exercise in empathy building, for two women to slowly but surely see the other's perspective, like how she confronts Danny with a hostile expression but ends up as a shoulder to cry on. Or, after an underwhelming first time, the camera pauses to consider Kyle's father, who has worked his whole life to ensure that his child has a future to look forward to, and is now wasting away. Eventually, one must let go of her fear, and the other, her anger. Standing in New York, the centre of the world, she considers Sacramento.
"Lady Bird" is perhaps the most thoughtful, honest, funny, and resoundingly accurate depiction of high school life ever put to film. I know this because I am currently living it. Saoirse Ronan has managed to capture in her performance both the intricacies of wanting to think that you know everything, that you're above it all, but also being truly vulnerable, sometimes even scared, and what happens when one side clashes with the other, all with not much more than looks. A triumph of filmmaking.