After my instant love affair with Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ this past December, I simply had to go back and watch the film that everyone knew her for and that I apparently completely missed.
Director: Greta Gerwig
Screenwriter: Greta Gerwig
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Runtime: 94 Minutes
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Pearl
This may actually be the most relatable film I have ever seen. Who as a teenage girl (guys, you are excluded from this one sorry), hasn’t gone through all of these things? OK, so I for on have never seen the attraction to Timothee Chalamet but substitute him for another pretentious A-Hole, and we have all been in all of these situations at least once. And I think that is what I loved most about this film.
Christine aka ‘Lady Bird’ is just your normal, average 17 year old, trying o figure out life, love and friendships, while trying frantically to get away from her mother and her life in Sacramento and get into one the East Coast colleges that she covets so much.
Saoirse Ronan is just spectacular in this film. Much of the film relies on her. It is her character that drives the plot forward and her eyes that we see the world through. So, her performance has to be captivating and engaging and relatable. And I think she manages that perfectly. Considering Lady Bird is not that much of a likeable person, she is quick to anger, she can be bitchy and vindictive, despite all these faults, you love her all the more because Ronan does such a good job of brining her to life. A fabulous casting choice. Never really having come around to the apparent love the film world has with Timothee Chalamet, I am again not wowed by his performance here. His portrayal of Kyle just came off as very flat to me. I know the character was meant to be very aloof and obnoxious, but Chalamet’s ‘throw away’ line delivery just didn’t work for me at all.
The plot itself is very simple. And while there are some die stories happening, nothing major, just your normal high school sort of stuff, the main plot is mostly a coming of age story. And because of that, and because not a lot of huge, life defining moments happen, the film can feel a little slow. But this is a ‘slice of life’ kind of story. Nothing ground-breaking hapens, it shows a life much like yours or mine. So, don’t go into this expecting there to be drama happening every step of the way because you won’t find that here. There were times the sloe pace nearly put me off and I considered turning the film off. But I am so glad I stuck with it. It is totally worth it for the heart-warming ending.
A slow burning but worth it. If you haven’t seen Lady Bird yet, it is available now on Netflix UK.