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Lady Bird Takes Flight

Lady Bird Movie Poster | Photo
Courtesy of IMP Awards

Lady Bird, starring Saoirse Ronan, recently became the most well reviewed movie on the site Rotten Tomatoes The film received a 100% score,  which isn’t surprising. This is Greta Gerwig’s first solo directed film, at the impressive age of 34. This indie movie takes place in the early 2000s and follows Christine McPherson, Lady Bird, through her senior year at a Catholic high school. She is desperate to flee her hometown of Sacramento, California and head to the East Coast, preferably New York. As a rebellious teen, Lady Bird is desperate to leave the dull area of Sacramento and venture into the glamorous lifestyle that is New York City.

Lady Bird is the name Christine gave to herself, which she insists everyone call her. The origin of the name Lady Bird is never specified, but the audience can assume it is her brand or the way she represents herself.  She frequently feuds with her headstrong  mother Marion, who is played by Laurie Metcalf. Metcalf has been nominated for a Satellite and Independent Spirit Award for her role as Best Supporting Actress. 

Lady Bird reflecting the look of teenage
angst Photo Courtesy of Vanity Fair

Throughout the film, her mother-daughter relationship remains puzzling. Lady Bird and Marion’s  complex dialogue continually begs the question as to whether or not they truly despise or deeply love each other. The film is filled with lively arguments both paternal and fraternal, that sound like they could come right out of your own household. The script itself is incredibly relatable, from the fast pace conversations to the sarcastic word play.

Lady Bird comforts her best friend before the
Prom | Photo Courtesy of Racket

What makes this film so exceptional is that it seems to resonate  close to home  for many viewers.

“The characters can look like familiar figures: the sad dad and the disapproving mom; the sullen brother and his goth girlfriend (Marielle Scott); the mean girls and the cool teachers; the too-perfect boyfriend (Lucas Hedges) and the dirtbag boyfriend (Timothée Chalamet),” A.O. Scott said, a writer for the New York Times.

This movie transcends beyond generational application as it can be seen as a coming of age story. For the younger audience, the movie captures the feeling of becoming who you are as a young adult, through the struggles and the celebrations.

Ladybird and her best friend stare at upper-class
suburban houses in awe | Photo Courtesy of Vox

This ten million dollar budget movie has now exceeded the spending with growing popularity in the box offices. Lady Bird presents a strikingly fresh new look on the classic coming of age story.

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