Film Review: Lady Bird
American comedy-drama Ladybird is written and directed by Greta Gerwig, and stars Saoirse Ronan and Lourie Metcalf. Set in Sacramento, California; Lady Bird is a coming-of-age story about a Catholic high-school senior named Christine ‘Lady Bird’ McPherson (Ronan) and her shaky relationship with her mother (Metcalf).
The two leads are fierce, strong and honest. It is refreshing to see the two prominent roles of the film are women. The conflict and love between mother and daughter is magical – and there are some lovely moments.
But the film is much more than this. Set in 2002, Christine lives with her parents, with whom she has a strained relationship, her older brother is adopted, and his girlfriend is living under the same roof.
There is a depth of character in all the roles; the story and plot unveil at the right times. However, at times it feels like it is trying to throw a pinch of social stigma, a dab of teenage angst and other modern-day plot reveals which sadly just peters out into nothing but a charming indie film. This is an actors’ film, and Metcalf especially is exceptional. It is worth a watch, although it says a lot, you still leave with a lack of satisfaction.
By Luke Pivac
1st February 2018
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