I went to see this film the day it came out.
I tried to get into the first showing at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle – a beautiful Art Deco cinema, but it was all sold out. Of course the only solution was to go to Chiquitos for drinks and go to the next showing – we only had to wait three hours – totally worth it.
Laurie Metcalf and Saoirse Ronan were an amazing mother-daughter team and I think it is mothers and daughters that this film would most appeal to. It’s filled with honest, realistic moments between the two of them that I think everyone can relate to.
This film is not an action packed thriller, if you’re looking for that, then this isn’t the film for you. This Greta Gerwig film is about growing up, finding yourself in an honest I-still-don’t-know-who-I-am-but-at-least-I’m-kinda-closer sort of way. Saoirse Ronan, or Lady Bird (a name: “given to me by me”), is working out where she stands, she’s in the final year of Catholic school in Sacramento and she’s what I would term a ‘selective adult’ – where you like to think of yourself as an adult, but only in areas which you feel like -and it is this that causes most of the arguments between her and Laurie Metcalf’s character. I wouldn’t say I’m particularly like Lady Bird’s character, but the beauty of the writing was that she still felt relatable.
There were funny moments, and there are moments which are painfully real. The argument over Lady Bird’s prom dress was so realistic – I think everyone has asked their parent about a fashion choice and not really wanted their honest answer and therefore disappointed when they give it. As I have left home this year and gone to university, the moment that Lady Bird leaves to go to an East Coast university really resonated with me. I really felt for Metcalf’s character in that moment – I think everyone in the cinema was desperate for the two of them to make up before Lady Bird’s plane left.
The scene that I think about most though, having had two weeks to think about the film, is the final scene. I don’t want to give away anything about the plot but I will just say, I thought it was a brilliant last scene. Lady Bird grew up a little bit, and she accepted some things, and she found some comfort and resolution.
Behind everything else, this coming-of-age film is about love, and I think that’s why so many people enjoyed it, and so many people saw their own life, their own families in it.
I hope you enjoy it too, let me know what you think,
Have a wonderful week,
A Universal Pictures Film