Meet Lady Bird. Needless to say, this is not her real name, but it the name she has selected for herself. This movie is the story of “Lady Bird” coming to age in Sacramento, California.
The year is 2002. Lady Bird attends a local school and like any teenager, she has desires and future goals when it comes to going to University. But Lady Bird is also dealing with temptations, challenges, frustrations, distractions, love and coming home to the family. One could say her family life is also suffering through elements of struggle. Lady Bird as a character is someone we can all relate to, even if it is only a little or perhaps a bit too much. I loved how this film was surprisingly realistic and was able to connect with and relate to the cinema crowd better than I expected.
The strongest moments and key performances for me in the film are when Lady Bird and her mother interact on screen together. I loved seeing their relationship share many beautiful moments and at other times share conflicts over issues and their arguments. The script and interaction with each other is impressive alone when it comes to acting performances on the big screen. Needless to say, it’s these elements which gift the film the score below.
From a filming point of view, there are minor points that are a downer. For example, Lady Bird does have a few shots with people’s heads cut out of the frame and it seems like it could have been avoided if the camera was slightly lifted In selected key scenes. I personally would love to hear the director’s commentary regarding these shots and cuts because I was so curious how moments like these happen. If I’m honest, it’s somewhat distracting.
Overall, this is a film that feels very real, with characters we can relate too (big or small). The story had me curious to know Lady Bird’s path in life until the credits rolled. The script work is awesome with key characters and it’s timed well. Lady Bird’s script work never feels poorly delivered. It should come as no surprise that Lady Bird comes highly recommend to view.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden