Lady Bird (2017), Dir. Greta Gerwig

Lady Bird (2017), Dir. Greta Gerwig
Hey, I’m like Keith Richards. I’m just happy to be anywhere.
— Larry McPherson, Lady Bird (2017)

Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Beanie Feldstein, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Lois Smith, Odeya Rush, Stephen Henderson, Jordan Rodrigues, Marielle Scott, Jake McDorman.
Director: Greta Gerwig
Screenplay: Greta Gerwig

A Greta Gerwig film is like a novella; it is compact, never overstays it's welcome, and encapsulates a world in time. This world happens to hold Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) and the hand full of people around her in a time of figuring out who you actually need are the people you are pushing away. This world in time of high school when melodrama is at its most real and intensity where every action, phrase, and song mean everything. 

Gerwig somehow makes you invest in this character when she is in her infancy and not really a person yet. Lady Bird is her own universe while not realising her own self-centredness. However this self-centredness is not from malice but simply due to her age and time of life, she has never had to think outside of herself before no matter how many times her mum (Laurie Metcalf) tries to get through to her. Ronan emotes this adolescent behaviour so eloquently that you can't help but see yourself, or your friend within this rather embarrassing era of growing up.

Lady Bird (2017) could have been any normal teenage coming of age tale, but it is just not. Without trying too hard to be different it taps into something different and refreshing which is certainly a hard thing to do in a genre such as this.

★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2