Yet another week without a major release, except for Just Getting Started which unsurprisingly came out to horrible reviews. So we finally decided to schedule a time to go see Lady Bird. It got put to the backburner originally since the title made me think it was the story of a young “Lady Bird” Johnson. After actually seeing a plot synopsis and a trailer, it was just a problem of finding time. Then after hearing it broke the record on Rotten Tomatoes for the most fresh reviews without any rotten reviews, I pushed it to the top of my list. So how fresh was it in my opinion?
I would give it 8 “angsty teenagers” out of 10.
FOR THE UNINITIATED
Simply put Lady Bird is a coming of age story. The longer version is the story about a girl going through her senior year of school, losing her virginity, trying to get out of her town, and dealing with her family struggling financially.
Directed by: Greta Gerwig
Written by: Greta Gerwig
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Timothee Chalamet, Lucas Hedges, Odeya Rush, and Beanie Feldstein
The relatable story beats and comedic wit make this movie shine. It ranges from the small things like Julie writing her name in quotes since it isn’t her given name and she can copy Lady Bird or the shower head discussion to the inevitable news of Lady Bird applying outside of California getting out or Julie and Lady Bird finding out their boyfriends were gay. Then there were random scenes like the crying game or the football coach taking over the theatre group. It kept things more realistic, so the comedy and drama meshed together without feeling overly scripted.
I can’t quite put my finger on what the worst aspects were, but there were some unnecessary scenes that could have been cut. The scenes of the mom at work, the brother and his girlfriend at work, and the ending could have been cut without hurting the movie. They fleshed out some of the characters a little bit more, but didn’t add onto their character.
Lady Bird is a fantastic coming of age movie that seems to be a diminishing genre, unless I have just been that unobservant. This is not a movie that begs to be seen on the big screen or even HD, but worth watching. This is already in the talks for the Academy Awards, so you should definitely catch it beforehand.
A lot of people will automatically refer to a John Hughes movie for anything coming of age related since he made Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, but my go to coming of age story is Stand by Me. Based on the Stephen King short (The Body), it focuses on a group of four kids going to see a dead body. They learn more about each other and themselves throughout the journey with several memorable scenes thrown in for good measure. It is worth checking out if you somehow made it this far without seeing it.