Review: Lady Bird is a witty and vibrant coming of age drama
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Written and directed by Greta Gerwig and staring Irish actress Saoirse Ronan in the lead role. Lady Bird follows 17 year old Christine MacPherson, through her
final year of high school in Sacramento, California during the economic down turn of 2002.
Living on the wrong side of the tracks in a small overcrowded house and going by the self-given nick name of Lady Bird, the artistic Christine has to cope with
her family’s financial struggles, while rehearsing for the school play, applying for college and taking her first steps into romance with new boyfriend Danny
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The excellent script from Gerwig, who based the film loosely on her home town, is witty and vibrant, keeping the focus solely on Lady Bird as she copes
with the ups and downs of adolescence.
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The talented Saoirse Ronan is fast becoming one the best actresses of her generation and is remarkably still only 23. She further enhances her reputation
here with a captivating performance as the awkward but likeable teen. Her chemistry with her co-stars is clear to see, particularly Laurie Metcalf who
is outstanding as Lady Bird’s overbearing but loving mother Marion.
Supportive best friend Julie is played by relative newcomer Beanie Feldstein and many of the film’s funniest moments come from the humorous exchanges
between the pair.
When the Oscar nominations were made in January, Gerwig became only the fifth-ever woman to be nominated in the best director category and the film
received four further nominations for best film, original screenplay as well as best actress nods for Ronan and Metcalf.
An impressive directorial debut from Gerwig, who prior to this was predominantly known for her work as an actress in films such as 20th Century
Women and Jackie. With Lady Bird she proves she is equally adept at storytelling.
Exploring the gap between childhood and adulthood, Lady Bird is a soulful and engaging coming of age drama with a charm which will appeal to many.