She’s A Lady (Film Thoughts: Lady Bird)

ladybird_fin11_onlineNow that I am middle aged, I look to large parts of my life with fondness. I remember those times I wanted to break free from family – I wanted to go on and live my life. Now I realize I was already living my life then. All the differences I had with parents – I would gladly acquiesce just to go back in time, so I could spend even one day with them.

‘Lady Bird’ took me to a reflective mood, as I am sure we can all relate to the story of Catherine (‘Lady Bird’) who is in the cusp of adolescence and young adulthood. She is struggling along her senior year in High School, wanting to be free of middle California, yearning to be in the East Coast, ‘where culture is.’  She has a complicated relationship with her mother, and they volley back and forth between arguing and hunting for dresses.

Written and directed by actress Greta Gerwig, you can easily discern her voice here. I am probably one of the few people who do not appreciate her as an actress (she annoys me, mostly, if I have to be truly honest) and I still hear her cadence her, but Saoirse Ronan eases the character well, so that even if Lady Bird sometimes veer into unlikable category, we still appreciate and empathize. I love that she is surrounded by these rich characters: Laurie Metcalf as her mother is subtle and bombastic, and I was particularly drawn to Lucas hedges’ Danny. (He has one scene that was particularly touching and unforgettable)

But I wish i was truly in love with the movie. Right now, I just merely like it, and perhaps the near unanimous praise it is getting (100% on Rotten Tomatoes) raised my hopes too high. I do think that this is one of those movies that gets better after a second viewing, so I will still be open. For now, though, I won’t complain if this gets all the nominations it deserves.

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