Review: Lady Bird

Lady Bird

Lady Bird

Genre: Crime, Drama
Duration: 94 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 02-MAR-2018
Pick-D-Flick Rating:3.75 on 5

Plot:
In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California.

Overall Review:
Coming of age films are a risky business for film makers. There are so many but the really outstanding ones are few and far between. Multi-talented Greta Gerwig steps behind the camera for the first time as a director, dips her toe in the whirlpool and gets it right first time with ‘Lady Bird’. The film has been nominated for five Oscars at this year’s Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. Film is about Life, Love and Finding your Way. Greatest strength of the film is its simple story – a story every American teenager may relate in their life in one way or another way. Film portrays mother and daughter relationship as intense and realistic and (may be) upsetting sometimes. The dynamics between these two women, one growing up, the other already grown, is the core of the film. They both have such strong personalities and they have such an ability to get under each other’s skin, but in spite of their conflicts, they love each other. More than for Gerwig’s direction and script, Lady Bird is worthwhile for Ronan’s (Lady Bird) and Metcalf’s (Mother) performances alone. The movie is more about a time, a state of mind, and an emotional place than it is a story, and Gerwig allows scenes to wander off track in a delightful way. Gerwig also uses this love & hate relationship to convey an important message, “LOVING someone doesn’t mean LIKING Someone”. Overall, this is a truly impressive directorial debut and excellent coming-of-age film with realism and strong performances – a 90 minute film, cut to perfection and hardly a wasted moment.

Performances / Technical Review:
The acting is first class. Saoirse Ronan gives a sublime, emotionally-deep performance as Lady Bird as she brings such humanity, energy and charm to her character. Laurie Metcalf is perfect as the mother. Film’s writing is thoroughly impressive. The writing, cast, direction, and production design were all fantastic. The overall use of music, cityscape images, and feisty rhythms round out a wonderfully personal, open-hearted movie.

PDF Verdict:
First time director, Greta Gerwig excels in showing her title character ‘LADY BIRD’ as beautiful, strong, quirky and complex who wants desperately to break free from her life. Film may become one rare gem that showcase bittersweet snapshot of the phase: “ADOLESCENCE” – the one that forces us onto the mysterious road to adulthood without a map, without directions, and without a clue.

Ratings: 3.75 on 5
Performance: 4 on 5
Script: 4 on 5
Screenplay: 3.5 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3.5 on 5

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