By: G. Castilla
Title: Lady bird
Release date: February 15th 2018
Director: Greta Gerwig
Main cast: Saoirse Ronan, Lucas Hedges, Timothee Chalamet, Laurie Metcalf, Odeya Rush, Beanie Fledstein
Budget: US$ 10 million
Box office: US$ 48,5 million
Rotten tomatoes rating: 99%
“Lady Bird” is one of the nominees for the best motion picture for the Oscars, starring Saoirse Ronan as the main character. It tells the story of Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson who is a senior student in a Catholic school in Sacramento, California. She wishes to study somewhere along the East Coast, far away from her home. The movie tells the story of her life as a high school student near college, and how she and her mother don’t get along very well. Whilst telling her mother about her desire to study in a college in the east coast, her mother dismisses her ambitions, angry at her mother, she literally tosses herself out of the moving car. Lady bird is someone who knows what she wants and wants badly to get it. She has a very strong head, expressing her thoughts and opinions out loud, both charming but repelling the people around her, usually by accident.
Christine named herself Lady bird, it is her given name given to her by her. Her ambition includes going to the east coast and becoming an actress, however she keeps getting small roles in school plays. She is sure of want she wants in life, but hasn’t figured out how to get it. The director, Greta Gerwig, created a very strong and relatable character, Lady Bird, who depicts someone young and emotional, while sometimes careless and passionate.
The director, Greta Gerwig and Lady bird have a similar life, both growing up in a Sacramento, feeling both claustrophobic and comforted at the same time, as growing up in a town can be. Laura Metcalf, plays Lady Bird’s mother Marion, who works as a nurse and is nearly always seen in the scrubs or a uniform. She's also fighting her own battle to keep her family in one piece, and is scared about her daughter growing up and leaving her. Lady Bird isn’t a movie about any specific issue; it’s just a wonderfully rare study of a young woman figuring out her identity and all the things that follow, and that's what makes it special.
Overall, it is great film, one of which I would give 5 stars. I don’t know if it will get an oscar, but it's certainly in the running and a big competitor. It is a great feel good drama, seen as a classical portrayal of being a teenager, with joy and agonies that come with growing up. I definitely would recommend it to anyone just wanting a laugh and to have a great time.