“Lady Bird” Review ✦✦✧✧✧

28 January, 2018

Director: Greta Gerwig
Screenwriter: Greta Gerwig
Director of Photography: Sam Levy
Saoirse RonanLaurie MetcalfTimothée Chalamet

Synopsis: A teenager attending a Catholic high school dreams of a life away from her hometown, facing criticism and pressure from all angles as she attempts to navigate her troubled existence.

Lady Bird Review:

A dense and conversational depiction of adolescence, “Lady Bird” sees teen cinema on a heady downer as comedic sweetheart Greta Gerwig attempts to create the “Rebel Without a Cause” of a new era. Girlish yet tortured, the movie is a present day tragedy with nothing to weep for, a pitiful reminder that life is so often taken for granted by those with nothing of substance to complain about. Unrelatable for grown adults with a grander awareness of genuine suffering, the film looks to the future but undervalues the present, painting a watery portrait of teen angst in a vague manner.

Beginning on a high note with Saoirse Ronan’s titular teen flinging herself from a moving car in a bid to escape the attention of her nagging mother, “Lady Bird” takes a violent tumble into the abyss of millennial memedom with scenes constructed for ironic purpose yet delivered with an air of sympathy that’s hard to lock into. In this regard, Gerwig is deftly personal in her retelling of the nightmare of adolescence as prom night looms and family feuds come to embody the restlessness of youth in revolt. A film of everyday disappointments revolving around failed relationships, the movie addresses the importance of self-love and gratitude through the eyes of a spoilt generation, moaning and groaning to the sound of First World thanklessness.

Funny in inference yet too fast paced to match the beat of a happy heart, “Lady Bird” appeals to the angsty and the cynical over the cheerful onlooker, veering into Todd Solondz territory in horrifying moments of interpersonal disconnect. While Gerwig clearly has a fondness for this method of storytelling, having starred in a Solondz film herself, “Lady Bird” lacks the frivolity and comedic bliss of her finest starring roles, showing a hidden sadness still remaining in the turmoil of adulthood which goes somewhat unresolved by the film’s cliché ending. A depressing addition to the coming-of-age sub-genre, “Lady Bird” is a belligerent comedy with a quirky edge, missing the magic that Gerwig exudes on-screen as she remains firmly behind the camera.


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