Marion McPherson, a California nurse, works tirelessly to keep her family afloat after her husband loses his job. She also maintains a turbulent bond with a teenage daughter who is just like her — loving, and deeply opinionated.
Lady Bird is written and directed by Greta Gerwig and is her solo directing debut. It is one of the most genuine films I’ve seen in recent memory. Lady Bird is beyond expertly written by Gerwig and feels so real that you can easily forget that you’re watching a film. Much like last year’s Manchester by the Sea, Lady Bird feels like you are just watching people in real life situations. Gerwig’s script is definitely the star here and is by far my early frontrunner for the Academy’s best original screenplay category.
The entire cast of Lady Bird is fantastic. Saoirse Ronan is really great as Christine or “Lady Bird” as she like to call herself. She is quirky, odd and incredibly strong-willed. Almost as strong-willed as as her mother played Laurie Metcalf who is absolutely tremendous. While this is a coming of age story, the real hard hitting parts of the script involves the relationship between mother and daughter. This dynamic is played out so well between Ronan and Metcalf. Their conversations are written so well and flow incredibly well. Lady Bird is at its best when they are on screen together.
Lady Bird is the kind of film that could’ve went on for several more hours and wouldn’t have lost much of its momentum. The characters are set up in such a way that makes you really sympathize for them. It is easy to care for each of the characters and cringe when Lady Bird makes a bad decision. The middle class isn’t usually depicted in films, but Gerwig does it so gracefully that you can’t help but fall in love with the characters that she constructs.
Lady Bird is a very special movie, it has a lot to say about adolescence and family. It is very heartfelt and so genuine. Ronan, Metcalf and Gerwig should all have a slew of award nominations coming their way and deservedly so. Lady Bird is one of the best films of 2017. Don’t Miss It.