Lady Bird (2017) | Director: Greta Gerwig | Writer: Greta Gerwig | Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Beanie Steinfeld, Lucas Hedges, Timothee Chalamet, Tracy Letts | 94 min
Lady Bird tells a story about Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan), a teenage girl who’s going through the process of finding herself while facing open doors and opportunities for college and her future. Like any other majorities of teens, she also has ups and downs with her family at home.
In this movie, the audience tags along with Lady Bird struggle through her life, moments before she has to leave for college. The conflict that is shown in this movie is basically a conflict that is very common in a teenager’s life and it would relate to them on a certain level. However, Greta Gerwig succeeds to make this simple “coming of age” story feel intriguing and different than the others. For high schoolers, college students, or even mothers, this movie could hit so close to home.
After watching Lady Bird, you will realize that this movie is actually about the dynamic of a mother and daughter bond. Through all of the problems such as losing her best friend, knowing her boyfriend has developed a different sexual orientation, finding out her father is depressed, and even experiencing her “first time”. This movie always finds a way to showcase the mother (Laurie Metcalf) always being there and caring for Lady Bird even when it’s shown by them fighting or screaming at each other in the living room.
The drama-comedy genre Lady Bird reached for didn’t seem exaggerated and everything seems to flow nicely and realistically. One of the reason why this movie stood out was because of the interaction between each character and the strong character building. It makes you care for each character as a whole.
One of the interactions that’s highlighted is between Lady Bird and her mother. Most of their conversations ends up with an argument over little things. But at the end of the day, they always come back to loving each other in their own ways. Their relationship feels so authentic and it’s shown that a mother-daughter relationship is always rough around the edges.
Another great thing about this movie is how every car scene feels like a dream sequence. It feels as if the characters are far away from reality when they’re in a car. When a character gets out of the car, that’s when reality hits them. Everything stops abruptly and they go back to living their lives after they close the door. It continues to show this in the movie as the story builds.
Lady Bird ends up getting accepted to New York for college, even though her mother doesn’t approve of it because she went behind her back to do so. In New York, she discovered about how much her mother loves her through thrown out letters that her father salvaged for her. It’s shown how she accepts the skin she’s born to live in, she goes by her real name, Christine, the name that was given to her by her parents. Christine, the girl from Sacramento.
The movie draws to a close with Lady Bird giving a voicemail to her mother, saying that she loves her and thanks her for everything. It’s a heart wrenching love story between two strong willed characters and that’s the beauty of it all.
I want you to be the very best version of yourself that you can be.
— What if this is the best version?
Writer: Reiva Zaviera
Editor: Arvin Nugroho