Review: Lady Bird

Lady Bird (2017) 

Greta Gerwig’s solo directorial debut is a phenomenal coming of age story about a vibrant, strong-willed girl as she goes through her first love, first heartbreak, and truths behind what it means to be popular all wrapped up in an hour and 35 minute emotional cyclone. Set in Sacramento, CA, Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) is a high school senior with dreams about going to a college in “a city with culture” and ultimately leaving her hometown despite her mother’s feelings towards it due to financial struggles. In typical teenage fashion, Lady Bird ditches her best friend Julie (Bernie Feldstein) to be able to become friends with the most popular people (Timothée Chalamet, Odeya Rush) in school. A short run in popularity leads Lady Bird to truly discover herself and what she wants in the future. The end of the movie is the icing on the cake as Lady Bird reaches adulthood and gives a heartfelt call that she realized what she had now that it is gone. 

During its run, the movie received 41 major nominations, winning 13 awards; 5 of those nominations were for the Academy Awards and the movie won best Motion Picture at the 2018 Golden Globes. The cast has reached the same sort of attention, 20 of those nominations being for leading and supporting roles. Earning a 99% on Rotten Tomatoes, Lady Bird was a success during 2017 and 2018.

The movie is nothing short of perfection. Gerwig assembles realistic teenage life wholly: teenage dreams that clash with parent expectations. Along with the storyline, the cast has the right amount of chemistry and acting chops that make you believe the stupid things, the funny things, and the serious things that they talk about. The mother and daughter arguments reminds us of similar disputes we’ve had with our own mothers and the comforting, life lesson talks shared between father and daughter resonates amongst us in the audience. It’s not far fetched to say that this movie is a tear-jerker, however you’ll enjoy every second of it. 

Overall, Lady Bird is a beautifully done film that deserves the success it has done for itself — well worth your time to watch.