I absolutely love a good coming-of-age movie. Take last year’s “Edge of Seventeen” with Hailee Steinfeld for example. It was incredibly well done and felt very relatable. I think that’s the biggest key to making a movie like this.
For most of “Edge of Seventeen”, I could relate to Nadine. There were times I could relate almost too well.
HIGH FIVES FOR BEING AWKWARD.
This is exactly how I felt while also watching Lady Bird. This film felt different, though. There was a realism to it where it lacked that teenage dramedy feeling. Every character was complex and had more going on than what we were seeing on screen. In all honesty, I would not be surprised if this film went on to be nominated for Oscars… yeah, I said it, MULTIPLE Oscars. Give Greta Gerwig a best director nomination, damn it!!!
Like I said above in my miniature rant, this film was directed and written by Greta Gerwig. Many of you may know her as an actress who starred in "20th Century Women" and "Jackie" along with many other films. It starred Saoirse Ronan as a young woman named Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson in a catholic high school during her senior year. It dives into the experiences she has and the many ups and downs that women in general experience in this age range.
This movie had a sense of realism to it that set it apart from others in its genre. Greta did an incredible job of balancing humor and drama throughout it. Taking heartfelt moments and adding a quirkiness to it that helps to fit in with Lady Bird’s personality. You really connect with her and the experiences she has. Another important aspect to this movie is the relationship she has with her mom. Her mom is a very complex character with many sides to her. You can tell they both really care for each other, they’re both just “strong personalities”, as said at one point by Lady Bird’s father. Their relationship has its ups and downs, just like any relationship with a parent. It’s not picture perfect like it’s portrayed in most movies. I love the fact that Greta had an imbalance in that relationship because that’s what brought the most realism to the film.
Go out and support this movie on its release. Not just because it’s a female filmmaker (and you know I always vouch for that), but also because it’s just a fantastic film in general. I see an Oscar contender on the horizon!