I have been dying to see Lady Bird since before it received a 100% Rotton Tomato rating. I was excited about this film while watching the trailer. Before it started getting all these well-deserved positive reviews, back when the trailer was just released, I knew two things; one, Greta Gerwig wrote this and two, Saoirse Ronan is one of my all-time favorite actresses. Another thing I knew or rather hoped was that this film could be something I could relate to and fully understand.
Last week when we went to our local theatre to view “Lady Bird” I was excited to see it. Halfway through the film, I realized “Lady Bird” is everything I had been waiting to see in a film. It’s relatable, to say the least. I feel like we all have memories and experiences that mirror scenes from the film. Like Saoirse Ronan’s character, I too have a strong desire to grow up and move away. This feeling was even stronger a few years ago when I was Lady Bird’s age.
There’s a scene where she’s talking to a guidance counselor about what schools she would like to attend. The counselor laughs when she mentions certain schools. I had the same exact experience when I was a high school senior. When I expressed my desire to attend school in New York City everyone looked at me like I was insane. I never wanted to go to a local university or community college. I wanted to be in New York City attending an art or drama school and that was that.
“Lady Bird” didn’t just evoke strong feelings of nostalgia, it also pushed me to confront feelings I’ve been avoiding for years. My missed opportunities often haunt me, feelings of regret and sadness seep into my life. Every day I think about the opportunities I’ve missed because I had anxiety or the situation was out of my control.
I always dreamed about some of the experiences portrayed in this film. I remember dreaming of attending prom, wishing I had real friends like “Julie“, and hoping to fall in love but it never happened for me. Lady Bird embodies a large capacity of outward, almost-brash confidence that I have always lacked. I’ve always admired that form of confidence, the kind of confidence that allows you to create a new name for yourself and cast yourself in the high school play. It’s sometimes hard to know what you’re missing out on until you see it all played back to you. There’s something beautifully delicate and moving about the feelings that are born from witnessing something so relatable.
This is a beautiful, nostalgic, gem of an indie film, it immediately feels relatable to the audience. It’s as though Greta Gerwig watched your life and said “here, let me make a beautiful film that you can relate to and fully understand. Let me play your youth back to you like a VCR player, except this time there will be more tears and more realizations about life, oh and did I mention more tears?”.
The scenes between Lady Bird aka Christine and her mother are some of my favorites in the film. Lady Bird is trying on prom dresses when her mother says ” I want you to be the very best version of yourself you can be” and Christine (Lady Bird) replies “What if this is the best version?”. That scene is flawless! Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” is an incredibly pleasant revitalization of the “coming of age” genre, it’s a refreshing and relatable display of Youth.
This film does an astounding job of illustrating the short-term awkwardness that is the mother-daughter relationship in the late teens. “Lady Bird” showcases how complex that relationship is, it displays how even at times of conflict there’s love. The answering machine monologue at the end is one of my favorites. That scene feels like a love letter to hometowns and Mother-Daughter relationships. Greta Gerwig is a genius and Saoirse Ronan continues to be one of the best actresses of our generation. I felt every emotion in every scene, I loved every second of it.
have you seen Lady Bird yet? What’s the best film you’ve seen this year?
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