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Lady Bird was on my 'need to watch' list for 2018 ever since I saw the trailer last year. It has had countless awards and nominations and I just hoped it lived up to the hype.
It is a very satisfying coming-of-age film. Although it follows the story of 'Lady Bird' who is desperately trying to carve out a path for herself, I think it's more about capturing a mood or time. It certainly seems like it's been created from several real life memories sewn together; people, places, events. When you consider that the writer and director Greta Gerwig, attended Catholic school, was born in Sacramento and wanted to study in New York (sound familiar?), it's more than likely that this is based on her own experiences, with a bit of fiction probably woven in.
Saoirse Ronan is wonderful as Lady Bird. She's brash, determined and stubborn. On another person these traits could be annoying, but here they enhance her portrayal of a teenager just trying to escape small town America and go some place big.
There are quite a lot of characters to look at but aside from Lady Bird and her mother, you never really get to see any of them in too great a detail. They all play their part but once they've stopped been 'useful' to the plot, they fade into the background. And there are a few characters that I would've liked to have had their own stories and battles expanded on. Maybe this would've been more possible within a book but obviously films are limited by running times, so I understand why it didn't happen.
Also, it can feel like Greta had so many great and funny ideas stored up in her head, that she tried to shoehorn them into this film, regardless of whether they progressed the story or not. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't and there are a couple of scenes or lines that feel a tad forced, but that's my only real complaint.
Lady Bird captures the sweetness and bittersweetness in life.
File under: Lady Bird, Saoirse Ronan, Greta Gerwig, film review