Wednesday, October 3, 2018

1057. Lady Bird

Lady Bird
Directed by Greta Gerwig

There is an extreme shortage of coming of age stories about women. I think the implication that in order for one to transform from a boy to a man, one needs to perform some seminal act of bravery or have some profound revelation. In order for a girl to become a woman, she needs a prom date and a boyfriend to be mean to her. Anyway, I think this film seeks to rectify the lack of representation, but takes some noticeable missteps along the way.

Lady Bird is a senior at a Catholic high school in Sacramento. She hopes to attend college on the East Coast, but until then must contend with her world-weary mother. She joins the theater program with her best friend Julie and soon develops feelings for one of her costars. Basically, she is only slightly less angsty than Holden Caulfield.

I enjoyed this movie, though I can't honestly say that I found it relatable, probably due to the fact that I did not look like Saoirse Ronan in high school.  Ronan was definitely the best part of this film; she managed to stay likable in a deeply flawed way. I wish the director would have sidestepped some notable cliches, but I still enjoyed the rhythm of this movie. I would still say Boyhood is the superior film, but this definitely beats Moonlight.

I'm trying to think of other coming of age films about women and I'm only coming up Gigi and Clueless. Please tell me I am suffering from severe memory loss.

RATING: ****-

Interesting Facts:

Gerwig's debut as a solo director.

The title character's name refers to the nursery rhyme, "ladybird, ladybird, fly away home, your house is on fire and your children all gone." Why are nursery rhymes so fucking creepy?

1 comment:

  1. Again, may I pickup on a great point you made 'she managed to stay likable in a deeply flawed way. '
    Well, mostly. I think I found her a tad more annoying than you did.. even if you did compare her to ultrastroppy brat Holden C. She is decidedly a drama queen, but I guess she is allowed to be, and that is the point of the film...
    To me one of the strong points was the avoidance of cliche .. First sexual experience is with a total asshole, and she
    didn't get pregnant.
    (Oh please spare us that being the subject of the sequel.)