“A mother’s love is unconditional” no matter how much you get on each other’s nerves. Life lessons will be learnt and your mother is always there to guide you. Adolescence is a weird time however, a period where you want to be free and fly from the nest, do your own thing. Sometimes it takes time before you can fly and learn to live without your mother. She tries her hardest to guide you whilst you’re ignorant but you soon realise what she’s saying was true all along.
Set in 2002, Lady Bird follows an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl, Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) coming of age in Sacramento, California. As much as she doesn’t want to be there, her mother, Marion (Laurie Metcalf) is forced to move for work being under the pressure of her husband, Larry (Tracy Letts) being depressed and unemployed. From learning about boys to discovering her passions in life, Lady Bird soon realises the true love that her family holds for her through a series of events that unfold.
Director and writer, Greta Gerwig creates a perfect partnership within Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf. The understanding between both actresses is executed with passion and drive, you get a real sense of reality, feeling connected with Lady Bird as a character. Real-life experiences were written into the script from Greta Gerwig herself, from first loves to deciding who your true friends are. A personal bio-pic of her shown through Saoirse Ronan, making her direction even more effortlessly intriguing.
You find yourself instantly getting attached to Lady Bird and Saoirse Ronan leads us into her life, keeping us on our toes to what will happen next. At some point in our lifetimes, we have found our parents irritating and annoying, that is what connects us instantly to Lady Bird and for us to gain a hatred for the antagonist in Marion. We all know behind those eyes there is a heart and when we’re in our teens, we’ve all been young, dumb and stupid. We will have our mothers to turn back to though. As an audience, that is where we invest our interest. Ronan was made for the role, her indecisive and unique look with the light red hair and thrift shop clothing showed the struggle to find out who she truly is. It takes one bad decision to realise the true love you have for your family and that is something Ronan makes us feel.
You leave feeling a sense of enlightenment. You look back at the things you did towards your parents and realise how ridiculous some of those situations were. You are apart of the film and that is what Greta Gerwig cleverly does in directing this piece. There have been many great films in the past year but I am surprised to see that Gerwig is not up for more awards. She may have been nominated for 2 Golden Globes but I’m surprised to see that she has not been noticed any further with her direction within the film. With the success of Lady Bird, I hope to see her back with another well-written, charmingly, witty solo directional piece. Until then, I applaud you, Greta Gerwig.