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Dec222017

Lady Bird- review

 

“Lady Bird” (2017)

Directed by Greta Gerwig

Starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts

Running Time 94 Minutes, Rated R.

4.5 Mitch’s out of 5

Mitch Hansch/movieswithmitch.com

 

Greta Gerwig is a voice that has stood out to me.  The tall, blonde Gerwig has the uncanny ability to be believable in any situation she’s in which shows talent since she is often in a situation that is way over her head, regardless of whether she gets out of them or not it is entertaining to watch.  Her voice is no longer reserved for acting and writing (“Frances Ha”, “Greenberg”), but now of being a film director and it turns out, one hell of a director at that.

 

In the semi-autobiographical “Lady Bird”, Gerwig tells the coming-of-age story of Christine McPherson played by the already twice nominated and about to be thrice nominated Saoirse Ronan who makes everyone call her by what she states is her own given name Lady Bird.  Lady Bird, a senior in a Catholic high school in the early aughts of Sacramento, longs to go to college in NYC, somewhere her voice can be heard, but whose overbearing mother played by stage veteran Laurie Metcalf thinks that’s for rich people and that she should go to school somewhere local.  Boyfriends come and go, and so almost does her long time best friend Julie (Beanie Feldstein) when Lady Bird gets a taste of hanging out with the cool kids.  Lady Bird is a daddy’s girl whose father is  played by Tracy Letts and waxes philosophical, and even though this is a fierce mother-daughter story he is a fully formed character put on screen.

Gerwig let's Lady Bird, her mother, and other characters be monstrous but makes sure we know that they’re not monsters.  There's real heart and hurt shining through every scene.  When Lady Bird’s boyfriend (played by Lucas Hedges showing some wonderful range) suggests that her mother is really hard on her she quickly replies, “Well, she loves me a lot.”  

I love this movie a lot.

Romans 12:2

 

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