Lady Bird: The Coming of Age Movie This Generation Needs
I remember seeing the trailer for Lady Bird months before it came out. I was scrolling through my YouTube suggestions and I spotted Saoirse Ronan with pink hair. As a dedicated fan and admirer of Ronan's I immediately clicked and fell in love with Lady Bird. Thank you Greta Gerwig for bringing this beautiful film into everyone's lives and showing a realistic depiction of what growing up is really like.
Lady Bird is a senior at an all girls Catholic high school. She is unique and creative and insists that Lady Bird is her given name because as she puts it early on in the movie "it was given to me, by me." Like any other teenager she goes to some school dances and falls in love with a boy and ditches class from time to time. Lady Bird is kind yet mean, caring yet dismissive. She is simply trying to grow and change as a person amidst family drama and life challenges.
Lady Bird is far from rich and lives on the wrong side of the tracks (literally). Her mother and father are constantly struggling to make ends meet. They're in no way poor but are struggling to keep their heads above middle class water. Lady Bird goes to a high school filled with wealthy teenagers who live in big fancy houses and like any other teenager who so desperately wants to be like the "cool" kids, she pretends to be just like them. She drops her best friend for a cooler version, dates a boy who ends up being gay and loses her virginity to a guy who ends up not being deep or mysterious, he's just a douche bag. This movie shows the trials and tribulations of being 17 and that's what is so great about it.
The mother daughter relationship that is portrayed throughout the movie is so well depicted. One of the most realistic conversations they have is when Lady Bird and her mom are talking about her future in the very first scene of the movie. Lady Bird gets so frustrated that she throws herself out of a moving car. Her mother, Marion, is constantly disappointed in Lady Bird's choices. She says she just wants the best for her, as any mother does for her child, but the way she goes about it is all wrong. Yet, Marion is trying her best. Working long hours and double shifts as a nurse just to come home and have to deal with her teenager, husband and son who's living back at home with his girlfriend is not easy. Marion has such high standards for Lady Bird, that it makes it hard for her to do anything right. Not only that but Marion is constantly telling Lady Bird that she just doesn't have enough potential. She literally says to her daughter, "You should just go to City College. You know, with your work ethic just go to City College and then to jail and then back to City College and then maybe you’d learn to pull yourself up and not expect everybody to do everything."
It's easy to see both sides of the relationship between Lady Bird and Marion. Lady Bird just wants to get the hell out of Sacramento and feels like her mom just doesn't get it. Marion feels like everything she does for her daughter is never good enough. It's a double edged sword.
Every single character in this movie could be a real person. They aren't overly witty or too scripted. Each person has a raw and real quality to them that makes it easy to connect and relate with their inner struggles and wildest dreams. Lady Bird just wants her unique personality and individuality to be accepted. By the end of the movie she realizes that her family and her best friend are the ones who love and accept her, not the kids with sparkly cars or trust funds.
I won't tell you the ending, just in case you haven't seen it. I cried at least three times throughout the film and to be honest, my eyes are welling up just thinking about it.
There's something in me that deeply connects with Lady Bird, but I can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe it's her home life or her financial situation. Maybe it's her relationship with her best friend or her mom. Whatever it is, at times I feel like I could be Lady Bird, and that I AM Lady Bird.
Lady Bird is the coming of age movie that everyone needs to see. Whether you're 16 or 60, this movie is just as important.
I could talk about this movie for hours. The themes, the emotions, the clothes. I can't find one wrong thing about this movie. To me, it is perfect in every way. This film touched my heart strings and thinking about its beauty actually makes my stomach churn.
Greta Gerwig is a beyond talented writer and director. Without her creative mind, confidence and bravery, this movie would not have been created. So, thank you again Greta Gerwig, you have impacted so many lives with this film and I can't wait to see your next one.
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