Lady Bird

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I think some reviews are written by people who receive advance copies.  If the movie is better than expected they give it a glowing review.  We see them in the theaters, after hearing all these fabulous adjectives and are often a little disappointed.

This is your basic coming of age movie, though it is missing that level of sweetness found John Hughes’ films.   Saoirse Ronan gives a good performance with just a hint of Greta Gerwig, the writer/director of this semi-autobiographical story.  Ladybirds time in high school is typical – nice guy, (Lucas Hedges) – okay, gay guy, bad boy, (Timothee Chalamet), trying to be something she’s not, finding out who her real friends are, (Beanie Feldstein), achieving her goal.   Though it just seemed like Ladybird was going through the motions.  She didn’t seem to really love either boy, she just wanted a big love, to have a big experience, as if her life were a movie.  She also didn’t seem have a long-term goal, only to go to school on the East Coast (for more culture).

Laurie Metcalf plays her stressed out, overworked, never satisfied mother.  She seems to do her best to demean Ladybird.  As a psychiatric nurse, you would think she would be more sensitive, self-esteem is all the rage.  After Ladybirds unfortunate sexual experience, they share their favorite Sunday afternoon activity – Open Houses.  This gave me the impression that she also wants more for both her daughter and herself.  Her mother’s ire regarding Ladybird’s college acceptance is unexplainable.  She doesn’t seem to find any pride in the fact that Ladybird pulls herself together when she sees her future in sight.  Twice when Ladybird begs her mother to speak to her, she refuses.  Holding a grudge like this was far too exhausting for me to even watch.  Even the end had Ladybird reaching out to voicemail.

OFFICIAL TRAILER

Official Synopsis

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.

Lady Bird TIFF Question & Answers

Overview

Principle Cast Saoirse Ronan, Laurie MetcalfTracy LettsLucas HedgesTimothée Chalamet
Director  Greta Gerwig
Screenwriter Greta Gerwig
Cinematographer Sam Levy
Editor  Nick Houy
 
Run Time 94 minutes
Genre Comedy, Drama
Premier Telluride Film Festival 2017
 
Academy Award Nominations Best Motion Picture of the Year
Best Performance by an Actoress in a Leading Role – Saoirse Ronan
Best Performance by an Actoress in a Supporting Role – Laurie Metcalf
Best Achievement in Directing – Greta Gerwig
Best Original Screenplay – Greta Gerwig

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