Lady Bird is a 2017 written and directed by Greta Gerwig, starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Stephen McKinley Henderson and Lois Smith. Set in Sacramento in 2002, the film tells the story of a hostile and loving relationship between a teenage daughter and her stubborn mother, throughout the daughter’s eventful, emotional and chaotic senior year of high school.
Saoirse Ronan stars as Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, a Catholic high school senior that longs to go to an Ivy League college in a cultural city. With her family’s money problems, she is told they cannot afford to the tuition and isn’t appreciative of what she has and to go to a local college. Laurie Metcalf plays her tough, but loving mother, Marion McPherson, who wants the best for her daughter and wants her to be happy where they live, the school she goes to, happy with what she has and to go to a college to home that is more affordable, but “Lady” rebels against her.
Throughout the film, Lady Bird experiences many ups and downs. From finding out the first boyfriend in the story Danny O’ Neill (Lucas Hedges) is gay, to finding out the second boyfriend Kyle Scheible (Timothée Chalamet) was not a virgin and had slept with numerous girls before her, to losing her best friend to a boy and popular girls and getting her back. She also finds out her dad had been struggling with depression for years. All through the movie “Lady” and her have a toxic relationship and don’t see eye to eye, but towards the end, her mother has a change of heart and supports her daughter’s life decisions.
This coming of age film is one that is so realistic and relatable for many teenagers, not just girls and parents. It shows that no family is perfect, to stick together through thick and thin, that *bleep* happens, friendship, forgiveness and love. A truly powerful film, that at first I wasn’t sure what all the hoopla was about, but now I do and find it outstanding, poignant and stunning. It is also very moving and makes you realize the important things in life and that no one is perfect, that it’s okay to be different and that life is going to throw curveballs.
Saoirse Ronan is astonishing as Lady Bird, making her seem realistic and relatable, with not a single flaw. This to me is her best performance since Atonement. Laurie Metcalf is superb as Marion McPherson, proving that she can do serious and dramatic roles too and flawlessly. Both Ronan and Metcalf are excellent individually and as a pair, they are remarkable, giving powerful performances that I haven’t seen in a film in a long time.
Lucas Hedges does well as Danny O’ Neill, but to me, not as well as a Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Manchester by the Sea. Danny is a very important character that you start out loving, then hate, then sympathize with. He leads you on, but only because of the reaction from his family, friends and school if they learned about his homosexuality, so he uses Christine to cover it up, which at first gets him in trouble with her, but she ends up forgiving him and saying she hopes he’s happy.
Timothee Chalamet does a very good job as Kyle Scheible, but nothing like his role in Call Me By Your Name. He was the perfect choice to for this role, band member, rebel, popular, attractive and womanizer. Not his best performance, but overall he did well and no one else could’ve played this character but him. You start to kind of like him, then you in an instant hate him. Sadly, there are fellas like him in this world and I believe that is the reason he was put in the Screenplay in the first place.
Overall this a sensational and astonishing film, one that not just women will enjoy, but men as well. 18+ 5/5