A cinematic beauty, Lady Bird delights and astounds at every twist and turn.
In the early 2000s, an artistically-inclined seventeen year-old comes of age in Sacramento, California.
With perhaps one of the vaguest premises of any film this year I didn’t really know what to expect. It was hard to miss, however the splash the film made upon its US release - it is now the highest rated film on Rotten Tomatoes. Greta Gerwig in her directorial debut has made one of the best 5 films of the year. Gerwig also wrote the script, which seems a little biographical. There’s a realism that is lost during most films of this nature. It isn’t self-indulgent, but makes light of its excellent cast, wonderful music and picturesque cinematography.
Saoirse Ronan is one of the most talented performers of the decade and this film will surely win her the Oscar. She brings a naivety to the role, which makes what should be an unlikable character relatable. Her performance is perfect. Laurie Metcalf is equally outstanding and the scenes she shares with Ronan are certainly career highlights. Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges and Timothée Chalamet round out the supporting cast perfectly.
Overall, a masterpiece.
Lady Bird is in US cinemas now and is releasing in Australian/UK cinemas next February.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay