Nominated for several awards at the Oscars and winning Best Picture (Musical or Comedy) at the Golden Globes, this highly anticipated release, written and directed by Greta Gerwig, is all set to deliver. But did we think it was as good as everyone said it would be?
Title: Lady Bird
Director: Greta Gerwig
In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California.
In general, did people enjoy this film?
Lady Bird is almost exactly what you expect it to be, in the best way possible. There are moments of heartfelt honesty, emotional exploration and genuine comedy. The film is well-paced and flows smoothly thanks to Greta Gerwig’s excellent directing, though at times her writing seems to fall a little short. While it perhaps didn’t bring anything particularly new to the table for the coming-of-age genre, it certainly makes for a pleasurable viewing experience, perhaps even warranting a second watch.
What did they like / not like about it?
It is a fairly standard coming-of-age story that doesn’t bring anything new to the table, but still manages to be very enjoyable throughout. It has great moments of charm, humour and drama, as well as a great performance by an ensemble cast. However, some of the beats don’t quite hit, and sometimes the humour was a little off, or occasionally dramatic moments seemed cheesy or cliche. All in all though, Lady Bird hits more than it misses, and was a great debut film from writer-director Greta Gerwig. - Liam
As a fan of coming-of-age films in general this was a hit with me. It seemed very honest in it’s delivery and hit home with a lot of the characteristics of many of the characters. Though I felt at times it seemed almost a parody of this kind of story, that didn’t really matter at the time of watching and I was able to just take it in and enjoy it without really over-thinking any of the more technical aspects. - Mali
From the opening scene Lady Bird efficiently establishes the tone and quirkiness of what we’ll be in for the remainder of the film. Dialogue is cleverly thought out, giving the audience an aural satisfaction that can be washed out with many of today’s movies. It’s a relatively stock-standard story of a high school senior struggling to decide what to do with her life after she graduates, though Saiorse Ronan’s performance hits the nail on the head as does Greta Gerwig’s ability in screenwriting, capturing the delights and tortures of modern teenage life. - Lukas
Keywords used to describe this movie:
Heartfelt. Satirical. Cute. Charming. Dramatic. Comedic. Family. Coming-of-age. Authentic.
Would people recommend it to a friend?
Yes, it’s a charming film that most will enjoy, and has proven very relatable for a lot of people!
What did you think of Lady Bird? We’d love to hear your thoughts!
We will be taking a short break from Film Club due to EOFY and stocktake. However this doesn’t mean the new release reviews will stop! Keep an eye out for what we’ve been watching lately and we’ll let you know when Film Club returns!