This movie is one of those awards contenders that popped up out of nowhere. Every year has at least one film like that. And Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut Lady Bird is a very fine film that I’m sure will pick up a couple of awards.
Greta Gerwig has a natural eye for direction, but the real highlight of the film is the screenplay. It’s not one of those films that is laser-focused on narrative, instead, it comes across as more of a slice of life type of story.
While I enjoyed the film, I didn’t relate to it in quite the same way that everyone else seems to. I don’t know what it is, maybe the ending was a bit too rushed. The film did look at interesting aspects of being an adolescent that I haven’t seen covered in other films. Two years ago I would have absolutely loved this movie.
Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf are both very good, and I think that both of them deserve to be nominated, even If I don’t feel either one of them has a shot at winning. But overall I enjoyed the film and I found elements of it highly relatable.
***1/2 out of ****
P.S. I’m sorry that this review was so short. But I’m currently 31,268 words into my NaNoWriMo novel and it’s hard to concentrate too much whenever I have to write a review. (It really does suck that NaNoWriMo comes smack dab in the middle of Oscar season.)