MOVIE REVIEW: LADY BIRD

Lady Bird is Greta Gerwig's quirky semi-autobiographical low-budget heartfelt indie dramedy directorial debut coming-of-age tale examines childhood to adulthood with humor and touching emotion and sure to be a best picture contender this awards season.

The main character, her vulnerable self 15 years younger, is played by Irish actress Saoirse Ronan (pronounced Sir-sha) who takes on Gerwigs being and will likely get the star an Oscar nomination as well.  She is outstandingin this (as she always is but who knew she could do comedy when this movie came out. She later Hhosted Saturdya Night live and was fantastic.) The coming-of-age film is about fumbling adolence. It is honest and real and an homage to her hometown of Sacremento, California and her mother played by Laurie Metcalf - who also might just take Best Supporting Actress Oscar this year. Melcalf has never played a role as meaty as this. Definitely is a shoe in for a nomination too and likely a win.

Lady Bird” (the knickname Gerwig gave herself) is about an everyday late-teen who wants to make a mark in life on her own.  She goes to private school on scholarship, and  just wants to get away from home life feeling that she has outgrown Sacremento where she lives and does not need her parents comments anymore. She has relationship problems and romantic failures and it's time to change things up. Melcalf's character criticizes her daughter’s faults but works hard to make money for her future. Ronan's acting with Meltcalf blends so well like a fine wine and the best camambert. Together they waltz across the screen with wit, charm and warmth. Women who have had a love/push complex relationshp with their mothers will relate to this film - no doubt. My one comment is the pacing of the movie. Could used some fine tuning, because the beginning moves fast, while the later is slow but still the movie is a keeper.

CAST: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Lois Smith, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Odeya Rush, Jordan Rodrigues, Marielle Scott, Jake McDorman, John Karna, Bayne Gibby, Laura Marano.

 

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