So obviously, I had to see Lady Bird being the RT/MC snob that I am with a weakness for these independent films. Since it had a 100% RT fresh and 94% MC rating, I had to see what was all the fuss. I definitely enjoyed the film quite a bit and it definitely hit home with a lot of the emotional life situations the protagonist Lady Bird goes/stumbles through (even though I'm a guy). Saoirse Ronan has always been one of my favorite actresses and she kills it here. Her chemistry with Laurie Metcalf, who plays her tough loving and, at times, overly critical mother is fantastic and their relationship forms one of the major cruxes of the film.
The story is essentially about a girl learning (the hard way many times) what is truly important to her in this world (and, more specifically, in the town of Sacramento) and realizing to not take for granted what she has even though she is coming from an unideal situation. However, this theme is explored in a funny, witty and non-pretentious manner to the viewer that allows you to really relate and sympathize with the protagonist (while chuckling along as well). So many times, I was like "ohhhh man, that is just not a good decision, but I totally did the same stupid thing when I was younger..." moments that just really resonated with me throughout. It's a coming-of-age story that really progresses the protagonist but by using what seems like "common and mundane" life events that we've all undoubtedly experienced before at one point of our lives. They took a lot of cliche coming-of-age scenarios (gay boyfriend, going to a Catholic school, confronted by a nun, etc) but put a nice and realistic spin on them different from other movies. This relatability is what really sold the film for me.
In a short time, the viewer experiences a profound yet truly realistic and believable transformation of the protagonist, Lady Bird. I am reminded of another movie, The Edge of Seventeen, that I watched last year and didn't really enjoy or connect with, where the main female character undergoes a similar "journey", but I felt like I could connect (and, thus, sympathize) far more with Saoirse Ronan's complicated and stumbling character than Hailee Steinfeld's edgey for-the-sake-of-being-edgey interpretation of her protagonist.
Anyway, I really enjoyed this movie, and highly recommend giving it a shot. I think that it will really resonate with viewers who have experienced some financial and social difficulties at some point in life, and have gone through the embarrassing pains and those seemingly obvious and avoidable mistakes when trying to "grow up".
I feel like just about everyone will connect with this movie in some way. It's funny, sad, charming and honest. Saoirse Ronan's performance is one of the best of the year. Her chemistry with Laurie Metcalf makes the Mother/Daughter relationship really work. Lucas Hedges and Tracy Letts are both fantastic too. I think every kid in high school should watch this movie.
Edit: I saw this again and it is still my favorite of the Oscar nominations. It really has a way to make you feel like your in high school again. Makes you realize how much you parents do for you and how much I love mine.
Edit 2: I watched this again, twice in two days, this time with my parents. My dad was cracking up at every time Lady Bird was shit talking her mom while my mom didn't think it was that funny. He also said some of the dad's lines literally right before he said them. After it ended my mom said "That's it? I thought she was going to come back and write her mom a check."
Greta Gerwig is such a talented Writer, Director, and Actor. I was so excited to see this movie and was not disappointed. I look forward to everything Greta does and can’t wait to see what’s next.
Lady Bird is a must see in theaters!
I wish I'd seen the same film everyone else on the planet seems to have seen. I suspect the one I saw had gone bad. Maybe it'd been out too long because it was not at all fresh, but a bit stale and a tad bland. I protest! I ordered the same thing everyone else had! As it is, I'm sending this one back.
What do you get when you mix 1/4 "Heathers" and 3/4 after school special? This movie.
I think this film is one of the best examples of how the Rotten Tomatoes scores can be misleading. The RT scores are an indication of either a positive or negative score and nothing more. A film like this certainly isn't bad so it gets a plus from the reviewer. However, it certainly isn't great by any stretch of the imagination.
I admit to being a sucker for the coming-of-age genre and based on a lot of the reviews others feel the same way. But I think that skews the technical review of the movie (something I call "the coffee shop effect" - we are all more than happy to listen to the folk singer in the corner of the coffee shop but we'd never actually buy his cd. The backdrop makes it feel better than it is). There is nothing fresh or new in this film and I can't fathom why it is getting the amount of run that it has. This isn't even the best coming-of-age film I've seen in the last few weeks let alone be nominated for movie of the year. There have been better entries in this area - The Way Way Back, Edge of Seventeen, The Spectacular Now to name a few.
Lady Bird was simply another teenage female coming-of-age film that presents us to nothing new. Definitely had some different interesting cinematography and kind of style. However, it lacks originality plot wise.
This film reminded me of another film I watched just a year ago before this one came out, titled "The Edge of Seventeen." Both films revolve around a female protagonist who goes through this "journey" of trying to fit in and then realizing what is truly important to her in the world. It also has the typical cliche concept of the female protagonist leaving their best friend over a boy. While The Edge of Seventeen seemed a bit more over the top dramatic with Hailee Steinfeld's forced edginess, Lady Bird kept a more realistic reason to have their protagonist in a complex lifestyle.
This movie is definitely way better than all of the other female coming-of-age films, however, it lacked some plot originally and was kept really bland and slow at times, with few unnecessary scenes. For that, I give the film a 6/10.
Ohh, also, Timothée Chalamet is so charming.
[9.3/10] Escape followed by appreciation. Longing that leads to wistfulness. Rebellion that gives way to gratitude. It’s a familiar trajectory that most teenagers experience at some point. Young adulthood is a time of self-discovery, where kids like Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson try on different personas, test their boundaries, and yearn for something more, only to gradually learn to appreciate the support, security, and good fortune that gave them the leeway to do that sort of experimenting in the first place.
Lady Bird is about the relatable urge to stretch your wings, but also the realization of how comfortable and arduously-constructed the nest you’re leaving turns out to be, and how easy it is to take that for granted.
While that’s done well -- extraordinarily well in fact -- it’s not necessarily a new story. The American Teenager has been a subject of fascination for the page and the screen for ages, and although there’s a truth to how Lady Bird writer-director Greta Gerwig tells this story that makes it a cut above other films in the same genre, at a base level its rhythms are familiar. That’s part of what makes the movie so instantly and easily resonant.
What’s less familiar is the way it balances out Lady Bird’s youthful exploration and realization of how lucky she is, with the sense of hardship for her mother in the way she and her family are just barely scraping by and her thankless effort to try to give her children the best life she possible can, only to see her daughter reject that as an imposition and want for something she’s not sure she can provide.
Marion McPherson (Lady Bird’s mom) is not the most instantly lovable character. She isn’t the fun parent. She’s the “tells you what to do” parent. She can be passive aggressive in her put downs and blunt in her assessments of her daughter. But as the pseudo daughter-in-law she took-in tells Lady Bird, Mrs. McPherson has a big heart. And it’s a heart that causes her to lash out when her daughter, explicitly or implicitly, doesn't seem to appreciate what she’s been given, but also one that’s quietly wounded by that obliviousness in equal measure.
The push and pull between them is the core of the film. Neither Mrs. McPherson nor Lady Bird fully understand one another. Neither fits well into what the other is going through in the tumultuous, eventful year in the life of the McPhersons that the film covers. But both of them eventually feel the love and loss that sharpens into focus when a child leaves home and goes out into the world, when what’s suddenly absent becomes more conspicuous.
That’s the backbone of the film. Lady Bird yearns for something more, whether it’s freedom or the approval of the cool kids or the other talismans of adulthood she labors after. Then she gets them, in some form or fashion, only to realize how fortunate she is and was to have the thing she so readily abandoned and didn’t fully understand or appreciate in favor of something much hollower or uncertain.
It’s a film infused with notions of class, while building that theme into the world of the main character rather than seizing on it directly. Lady Bird and her mom shop for a prom dress at Thrift Town. Her father loses his job and then runs into his own son at a job interview. Lady Bird lies about where she lives and marvels at the dream home that belongs to her boyfriend’s grandmother. No one ever comes out and says that there’s shame and judgment tied to the McPherson’s socioeconomic status, just like that shame and judgment is so rarely expressed explicitly in real life, but just like in real life, that sense emerges in subtle ways that color the lives of the people experiencing it.
That comes partly from the sharp composition and editing in the film. There are quick cuts between the houses Lady Bird passes near her neighborhood on her walk to school and the much more stately manors that provide the backdrop as she gets closer to her destination, showing the difference between where she’s from and where she’s headed. A brief stare at a tussle-haired boy in a band at a house party foreshadows wandering eyes and the sort of “change yourself for some cute member of the opposite sex” routine almost everyone experience. And a top-down shop of Lady Bird and her best friend singing along to early 00’s jam rock ballads is silly and sympathetic in equal measure with the frank view the camera provides.
True to that balance, despite its serious, emotional themes, Lady Bird is an uproariously funny movie. It’s humor is observational and specific, getting the sincerity and severity of young adulthood just right, managing to laugh both at Lady Bird and with her. The film captures the naive certainty and hell-raising impulses of youth with perfection, creating recognizable scenes of playing it cool and trying too hard and the other strange contours of the high school experience.
It’s that realness that also gives Lady Bird its punch on the other side of that humor. When Lady Bird’s theater teacher remarks on the reception of their school play, “They didn’t understand it,” with an affronted resignation, it’s a hilarious moment of the contrast between how seriously he takes his art and the limited audience of a high school production. And yet when the same teacher inadvertently wins his own “who can cry first” contest for his young actors, or opens up about his depression to Mrs. McPherson, it reveals the deeper well of sadness and pain beyond the surface level that Lady Bird sees.
It’s a repeated motif in the film. Even the characters who seem like one-off gags, there only to delight or bemuse the movie’s teenaged denizens, have moments to show they’re more than just the small slice of their being that Lady Bird perceives or cares about. She realizes her friends, her mother, her life, are much much more than she ever gave any of them credit for, and her trials and travails through puppy love and popularity eventually show that what she thought she wanted instead was only what she saw on the surface, and she finds much much less beneath that thin veneer.
So while Lady Bird finds herself feeling stifled by her catholic school, she ends up finding solace in the tones and architectural embrace of a church. While she aims to remake herself as something new and different, she finds herself wanting the things she used to have and used to be right when her life is on the verge of irrevocably changing. And when she’s free of her mother’s watchful eye and occasionally harsh critiques, she comes to appreciate the deep care behind the sharp elbows, the affectionate soul beyond the hard edges, and how much Mrs. McPherson gave to her daughter, literally and figuratively.
The path from youth to adulthood is full of bumps in the road, wrong turns, and swerves away from the wrong direction. But it’s also full of growing realizations, that the things you took for granted or didn’t understand at the time may be the things you cherish the most, including the people you love and who, however fleetingly and ruefully, you once resented.
Thought I had to watch this because of all the hype and good reviews, but was disappointed in the end. Saoirse was really good and I'm sure will become a top-level star eventually, but that was all that I thought was worthwhile. Acting was generally well done, story was okay, but don't really see it as standing apart on its own as something great.
Lady Bird is dramatic and emotional, but at the same time relatable (especially from my own personal opinion) and I really can’t think of a single fault in it. The direction comes with an understanding of the material and all actors present their characters in different ways making everyone unique in how they influence Lady Bird (Christine)’s life. The film is very grounded in the real world, making it even more natural and special as the film goes on.
Normally I wouldn't recommend to watch a movie this terrible, but this a different kind of terrible. If you're a filmmaker you should definetly watch it, because you can easily understand what went wrong with it, and learn from its mistakes. I dind't like anything, from the acting, to the camera movement, the colour grading, the cinematography, the plot, the character arc, not to mention the ending. A regular watcher can't tell what this film is about once it's finished, it's just a normal story. Which is totally fine, not every movie should carry a deeper meaning in it. And a story as such should aim to engage with the audience in an emotional way. Which is the worst part about this movie. It's uncomfortable half of the time, and i wouldn't want to be in it. The pacing was the only thing that was okay and that sustained my attention, other than my interest in understanding why it was so terrible watching it.
Pointless. Boring. A waste of time.
Saoirse Ronan was the draw to this film for me. Her range of characterization and proficiency of craft makes every character she inhabits special and true, as is her Lady Bird. Although Saoirse was surrounded by a solid cast, Laurie Metcalf gave a performance I didn't know she had in her. This movie would have fallen apart had the two lead roles not held their own against/with each other. Although this film is a coming of age story, it is also nuanced, quirky, funny, sad and poignant, and, it delivers our character to a destination at the end of her journey, something lacking in many slice of life films of this generation. This is a good movie, you'll feel strongly for the characters and get caught up in their journeys. I give it a 7 (good) out of ten for the story, but the performances of Ronan and Metcalf a 10 (perfect) out of 10. [Comedy-in-life Drama]
I wish more movies like this would be made. This girl is amazing in everything she’s in.
Got to be one of the best movies of 2017. Powerful and heartwarming, but best of all, laugh out loud funny. I'll get a load of repeat viewings out of this.
Personal comment:I got to say as someone in his freshman year in college i can relate so much with these emotions and drama,that were put in such a non-childish way. Adolescence is a hard time not more to ourselves but to the ones that have to put up with us :). This was the kind off movie that if you get related by it,it just "toys" with your emotions as much as it did with mines. We have so much to be gratefull and althought it might sometimes seem this is a journey we do alone,if we look behind we'll see that the ones that love us the most are the ones pushing us up this path and into our lives,they are the ones that build us.
This was the first work ive seen from Greta Gerwig and i have to applaud to her. Very well written all the questions that were coming along got their answer and were not simply given,it has a way to pull you into Lady Bird's dramas and experiences,it approachs more areas like drinking and smoking and virginity in a less significant but still very important way that a lot of movies show has the "breakthrough" of adolescense/young adult.
Saoirse Ronan was absolutly a great pick for this role and the parents were on point when it came to that whole good parent bad parent situation.And the landscape shots were very well captured that really got a feeling of wormth that we get from our hometown.
After watching all im thinking to myself is that i am,not a lady bird,but a mister bird,and im so glad that i learned how to fly out of the nest,because althought it allows me to explore the world it also makes me want to return home.
I hate school and I hate all of you... I'm never comin back again...everrrrrrrrrr
I loved it. It was fun, adorable, rare. It has a lot of interesting situations.Good job!
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This is definitely one of the most powerful (and real) stories I've ever seen in my life. Fantastic!
I love this movie!
Lady Bird is the rare example of a small, seemingly inconsequential story perfectly executed by a masterful filmmaker.
Gerwig’s screenplay follows it’s lead character through the end of high school through the eyes of the titular character. Anything that appears to be a big deal to lady Bird is treated like one by the script, this helps the audience relate to the character and her journey.
Ronan brings the character to life with her fantastic performance nailing both the humour and more serious moments with a likeable charm.
The sporting roles are also handled very well with notable performances from Lucas Hedges and Timothée Chalamet who continue too add to their impressive filmographies.
Greta Gerwig is certainly a filmmaker to watch, every shot feels internal and much of the emotional scenes are handled with a subtlety that allows the moment to breathe and doesn’t detract from the overall charm of the film. Definitely check this one out if you haven’t already.
A well-made coming of age story Lady Bird takes an interesting look at the coming of age, parent-clash storyline. With well-established actors at the top of their game could this addition to a well-worn and frankly over-used Pantheon say anything new?
I have to be honest Lady Bird with all it is praise put me in mind of the Emperor’s New Clothes. It was good but I’ve seen it all before. I honestly feel that I was shown nothing new or anything that hasn’t been attempted before. This isn’t to say the efforts on display were bad, I’d say sadly just a bit ‘samey’ as a lot of other films.
Laurie Metcalf has rightly taken the plaudits as Lady Bird’s put-upon mother put other than this character, Lady Bird herself and her ‘best’ friend Julie, every other role, including Lady Bird’s dad, seems unwritten, almost unfinished, they drift in do what the story wants them to and drift out. In particular, the gay boyfriend seemed to be heading somewhere and then he more or less vanishes for a long stretch, shows up for a little scene and then is gone again. In all honesty, it sounds as if hated Lady Bird. I did not. In fact like all Saoirse Ronan films, I enjoyed the acting and story. It is there was much I had seen before, the vulnerable dad, the overweight ‘unattractive’ friend, a troubled gay, the bitchy ‘cool’ clique. If I’m honest we’ve seen it all before, some better, some not so good. Lady Bird is interesting, sad, funny, well- made but in my view, it did not really say or show anything that has been before and many times too.
If you watch this you’ll probably enjoy it but for me, Edge of Seventeen was better.
We have seen coming of age stories before, of course, but this is better than most. Fresh and funny, and relatable (even to those of us who aren't teenage girls), this is enjoyable to watch, and worthy of its plaudits.
A 10! Despite having many cliches in the plot everything is carefully endorsed to result in something spectacular. During several scenes I had the feeling of being a reflection of Lady Bird more than anything when she made bad decisions. The movie left me shocked because it really created a bond with my younger self. I enjoyed connecting with the movie and I totally recommend it as others that have left their mark on me.
Hidden gem on theme of puberty and young woman problems, spiced by dark humor.
Come. On! Art house garbage. Yes, it's well acted. Yes, it has some great moments. Yes, that's it. It's one of those films where the credits rolled and I thought and said "that's it?!?" So. Lame.
It was a good movie but not exceptional 7 for the movie and +1 for Saoirse Ronan cause she looks good in red.
After reading the following review i realize maybe i don't get the whole movie , so i'll watch it again. If you feel like this to read the following review and you will understand why people loved it so much:
This was a great surprise. It was happier and more uplifting than I was expecting.
The Edge of Seventeen runs circles around this film. Tim is pretty overrated too. Love the director, but not seeing the hype.
Not bad, but for me it was just the type of movie you forget about in two weeks.
Solid coming of age story with quirky, and very realistic characters. It's an indie darling, that's being a bit overly praised, as it doesn't really do much new for the genre, but it does its thing well. It's a very human and engaging story.
Having a teen daughter in high school, who’s Catholic too, this movie had lots of familiar moments. I don’t want her to leave for school either. Good movie but I’m nut sure it’s good enough to win Best Picture.
I enjoyed watching Lady Bird, it was a nice easy movie with a good story and acting. A little predictable but that didn't make it less enjoying. It was just long enough and it somewhat felt like a love story towards Sacramento
Lady Bird is good in the way that Jane Austen's books are good: Not because it's extremely original or mindblowing, but because this is the story of a female teen told by someone who is a woman and was a teen not a lot of time ago, not by a 52 year old male. Having gone to a Catholic High School, coming from -economically- a family similar to hers, and having family members with depression did help me relate to her and make this an all tears film for me. But I feel like this film will resonate with everyone, whether you're male, black, white, latino (like me), gay, straight or bi, because it isn't just the story of a teenage girl, it's a story about growing, learning to appreciate your family, accepting yourself and just daring to be you, just you. It's about being a teenager...
P.S.: The skirt checking scene is legit af
It really is a good movie, a lot of heart, and funny... But not an Oscar winner. Not for me.
Special movie with some great acting skills and good directing!
Being a fan of a certain actor/actress makes you watch movies you otherwise wouldn't have.
Thank you for being such a great actress Saoirse.
I love Greta Gerwig, I really do. I adore most of her work. This was a good movie, but not a great movie. I went out to see it after it won the Globe. I liked it, but I didn't love it. The acting was B+, except for Laurie Metcalf who killed it. I could tell it was Greta's first solo feature script. I related to it somewhat, being a senior myself in 2002. But nothing except the final few moments made me really feel anything for the characters. A good film, but not even remotely close to the best indie film I saw from 2017.
Fantastic writing and acting. Saoirse Ronan, a star is born.
I will wager that if you like "Juno" you will like this film. The script is fast-paced without a lot of what I prefer, e.g. allowing time to pass as in real life, without dialogue constantly being spoken. This film, to me, is like a solipsist's dream.
it´s not a bad movie but there´s so many coming of age movies that don´t get the deserved credit and then there´s this one way overrated and over hyped for my taste. Not a big Ronan fan, so that doesn't really helped i guess...
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