“Lady Bird,” written and directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Saoirse Ronan, is a modern-day masterpiece that explores the concept of identity and dealing with the “in-between” stage experienced by teens moving into adulthood. The film was released by A24 Films who have quickly built a reputation for themselves with critically-acclaimed films such as "The Florida Project," "Moonlight," "20th Century Women," "A Ghost Story," and the upcoming "The Disaster Artist." While the company has released many films that are well received, "Lady Bird" could be it’s crowning achievement. It captures the complexity of identity in a way similar to "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" and other various coming-of-age movies, but something is just different about this film.
The movie follows Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Ronan) as she navigates senior year trying to find who she is and the events that eventually help her attain that goal. It navigates first loves, friendships, romance, freedom, the “in-between” stage, and the complexity of identity, the concept of knowing who you are for yourself and not being something you aren’t for others. The film follows her journey through the adventures and misadventures she experiences along the way.
The highlight of "Lady Bird" is the dynamic between daughter and mother that Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf capture so perfectly. It also explores a mother's ability for love and friendship while still being in the confines of parenting. Their relationship evolves throughout the movie. It weaves it’s way into your hearts and is as believable as the joy and emotions you feel while watching this masterpiece.
"Lady Bird" is rated R. It contains language, sexual content, brief graphic nudity and teen partying.
In rare circumstances do I give a movie 5 out of 5 stars, but “Lady Bird” deserves every star and great review it has attained.
Greta Gerwig directed and wrote"Lady Bird." It stars Saoirse Ronan ("The Lovely Bones"), Laurie Metcalf ("Roseanne"), Odeya Rush (Goosebumps), and Timothée Chalamet ("Interstellar"). The running time is 93 minutes.
(Review by Everett Shirey)