Guaranteeing to make you both laugh and cry, Lady Bird is an emotionally raw coming-of-age drama that anyone who experiments with their rebellious side can identify with, and love.
The film revolves around Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan), a high school student from the Californian suburbs. The fickle teen struggles in a love-hate relationship with her iron-willed mother, Marion (Laurie Metcalf), while exploring her own identity through family, friendships, and love.
There’s no question why Ronan’s performance won her a Best Actress Golden Globe. Her incredible portrayal of an outspoken, self-absorbed 18-year-old is one of the best ever. She flawlessly displays the angst and emotional distress that every soon-to-be adult experiences at some point.
Metcalf’s performance as the overly anxious and controlling mother, is also nothing short of spectacular. Marion is a complex character who has trouble showing affection, but shows how much she loves her daughter through her actions, which often directly contradict her cold words.
Lady Bird is more than a movie about cross-generational conflict and misunderstanding – it is a well-thought-out and precise sketch of the struggles of youth. In short, Lady Bird is a rare gem that you don’t want to miss.
Edited by Ben Young