In the opening scene we see our herione Christine McPherson aka “Lady Bird” throw herself out of a moving car after an argument with her mother. That pretty much sets the tone for the entire movie.
Lady Bird (Saoirse Ronan) has a flair for the dramatic, but that’s what makes her so captivating. Like other teens Lady Bird is just trying to find her place in the world. But life doesn’t come easy to the young teen.
Her passionate nature often lands her in rather precarious sitations. What starts off as a good natured, empassioned mission consistently goes wrong.
Lady Bird longs for adventure but finds none at her Catholic high school. In a bid to escape her mundane surroundings in Sacramento, and her mother (Laurie Metcalf), Lady Bird applies to out of state colleges. But that’s only half of the adventure we see the teenager embark on.
We watch as Lady Bird juggle friends, family and romance. All at some point suffer as a result of the others.
The turbulent relationship Lady Bird has with her mother is the opposite of the one she has with her father. Larry (Tracy Letts) is a kind, good-natured man who only wants the best for his daughter, no matter what.
Lady Bird is a coming of age story about first loves, but it’s also about finding your place in the world.
I resonated with Lady Bird trying to find ‘her people’. When I started a new senior school I was landed with the popular crowss and knew straight away that these weren’t my people. Lady Bird celebrates individuality and I love that.
First time director Greta Gerwig filmed the prom scene in a full on prom gown. How awesome is that? Lady Bird may be taking Gerwig out of her comfort zone, but it shows that she hasn’t fogotten where she came from. Her directorial debut is a love letter to her past.
Lady Bird is an instant indie classic. It’s beautifully heartbreaking and honest.
By Ruth Walker
- Golden Globes: 4 Nominations + 2 Wins: Best Picture (Comedy), Best Actress (Comedy)
- Bafta: 3 Nominations – Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Original Screenplay
- Oscars: 5 Nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress