Directed By: Greta Gerwig
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Lois Smith, et. al.
Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson wants nothing more than to be extraordinary and live a life filled with adventure, glamour, and art. Unfortunately, she feels like the way she’ll achieve that is to leave her hometown of Sacramento as soon as she graduates high school in the fall. She spends most of her senior year trying to figure out how to go to one of her dream colleges on the East Coast while attempting to navigate her family and friendships.
Lady Bird is an honest, earnest coming of age story told beautifully through the eyes of Saoirse Ronan’s titular character. A perfectly imperfect typical teenager, Lady Bird is selfish, self-centered, a bit more than slightly rebellious, and nowhere near as cool as she wants to be. Setting the movie in 2002 is a bit odd, especially since there wasn’t anything particularly special about that year, but it doesn’t detract from the story in anyway. It’s not really noticeable until you start hearing outdated songs since hair and clothing styles haven’t changed all that much since then. The acting is superb. Ronan perfectly captures that teenage desire to be accepted by everyone while trying to behave like she’s above it all, and Metcalf’s loving exasperation is spot on.
There are no obvious special effects in the movie, just typical background filler.
If you don’t mind a slow drama, then you’ll probably like Lady Bird. The story is incredibly well done, and the actors all work well together. And, while it doesn’t necessarily require a lot of attention to follow the storyline, it’s compelling enough that it grabs your attention anyway.
Lady Bird is available to stream with an Amazon Prime account, and it can be rented from Redbox or Netflix home delivery service, or purchased from a participating store or on-line retailer.