Greta Gerwig's coming of age comedy-drama is a very solid
directorial debut, starring Saoirse Ronan as an entitled, belligerent teenager who demands to be called Lady Bird, as she completed her final year at a catholic high school, with her sights
solely focused on getting in East Coast universities without really having to work for it, whilst simultaneously harming her chances further by indulging in usual teenage mischief and falling in
with the wrong crowd.
Saoirse Ronan does an excellent job making a rather unlikeable
character sympathetic as the story dissects the fractured relationship between Lady Bird and her mother, as her family fall on financial hardship.
At first glance, it would feel like this was a
semi-biographical account of Gerwig's own childhood, but she has since admitted that this isn't the case. Nevertheless, it's incredibly well written and brilliantly directed, making some witty
and touching observations on growing up without being puerile.
Laurie Metcalf steals the show as the mother, and the
relationship between the two characters is probably the most touching mother-daughter relationship since 2003's Thirteen.
It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but those who do enjoy it
will agree with its nomination for a Best Picture Oscar.