Sunday, January 28, 2018
MOVIE REVIEW: LADY BIRD
An outspoken teen must navigate a loving but turbulent relationship with her strong-willed mother over the course of an eventful and poignant senior year of high school.
Director: Greta Gerwig
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein
Release Date: Nov 3, 2017
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Rated R for language, sexual content, brief graphic nudity and teen partying
Runtime: 1h 34min
Lady Bird is the kind of indie gem that pops up from time to that perfectly nails the coming of age story. Coming of age stories are a dime a dozen but Greta Gerwig’s film captures the flawed humanism of that makes these characters feel thoroughly authentic. She directs an efficient film that never feels rushed even though it’s just over an hour and a half long. At its center is Saoirse Ronan who’s perfectly loveable as the titular Lady Bird. Her performance is subtle yet totally convincing. Laurie Metcalf’s turn as Lady Bird’s mother is just as impressive. Her ability to juggle the many facets of her character, from the passive aggressiveness, loving and perpetually frayed, seamlessly is impressive to watch. Tracy Letts is a solid counterpoint to Metcalf’s character as the loving but depressed father. There’s very little to dislike about this charming tome even if the story plays out exactly as you’d expect with little to no surprises. It’s a testament to the talent at work that’s it still manages to engage the way it does.