KYLE Walks Away From LADY BIRD Disappointed.

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FILM REVIEW: LADY BIRD

BY KYLE ARANGO

Lady Bird is directed by Greta Gerwig and stars Saoirse Ronan, Lucas Hedges, Timothee Chalamet, Laurie Metcalf, Odeya Rush, and Beanie Feldstein. It is the story about a young adolescent who is learning how to grow up in 2000’s Sacramento. It is a coming of age story about what it means to grow up and delivers a well told story. It is now the highest rated film in the history of Rotten Tomatoes. Question is, does it live up to the high praise its getting? To me, the answer is no. While it is a well-made film and has great performances, I did not find this to be anything special. It is an above average coming of age story and nothing more.

To begin, this movie does deserve some praise. Greta Gerwig does a great job directing here and her vision is shown well on the big screen. This is a very relatable movie because we all know what it is like to grow up and how hard it can be. This experience is presented very well on screen thanks to Gerwig’s vision and passion. The problem for me is, it left me feeling a bit bored in some instances. As someone who is still young, I am a sucker for stories about people my age. However, I think this movie was too mature and forgot to add the youthfulness to it. Edge of Seventeen did a great job of this in 2016 of showing how growing up can be difficult. Lady Bird repeats the same beats, but just not as effectively as it could’ve. There was more I wanted to love about this film.

While this is a well-made film, I can’t help but notice some flaws in it. For one, things moved very fast at some points, and slow in others. For instance, there is an event that happens between Thanksgiving and Christmas that is a major part the story at the time. This event is not even addressed until the next year in the movie’s time and by the time they get to it, it feels like an afterthought that needed to be tied up. Time moves very fast throughout this girl’s senior year and forgets to address big moments. In other moments, things felt very slow and I found myself to be very bored. This is because I was not as invested in this character as I should’ve been. There are many things that could’ve been fixed easily, instead I am left disappointed.

The major positive in Lady Bird is its performances by all its young actors and actresses. If you want to know who the major stars in Hollywood are going to be in the next 5-7 years, look no further than this movie. They are all led by Saoirse Ronan who proves that she can carry a movie. She invests herself into the character and gives great emotion. She already has two Oscar nominations at age 23, and can expect another one this year. Lucas Hedges and Timothee Chalamet are also terrific here. Hedges is also in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri and Manchester by the Sea while Chalamet will be in Call Me by Your Name later this year.The young talent here is off the charts and I can’t wait to see where their careers go in the future.

In the end, Lady Bird is a well told coming of age story with some minor flaws. It has great directing and acting, but is let down by lofty expectations. This movie will be in the awards conversation later this year. However, it is not one of my favorite coming of age tales. I can recommend this film for those who enjoy the awards favorites, but it is not a film I can see myself going out of my way to watch again.

 

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