This is a review of Lady Bird, a film starring Saoirse Riordan and Laurie Metcalf.
Christine ‘Lady Bird’ McPherson attends a Catholic high school in the ‘mid-west of California’, East Sacramento.
The story, is of Christine’s journey through the last year of high school, as she explores her (sometimes lofty) goals of attending an East-Coast college. Alongside college, there are boys and friends and coming-of-age. Like other teenage girls, she endures a difficult relationship with her mother, played by the excellent Laurie Metcalf.
Lady Bird is the directorial debut of Greta Gerwig who wrote the screenplay, with a wonderfully efficient touch – there are few wasted words in the script and the remaining cast are excellent.
For me, the star turn is Saoirse Riordan, who plays Lady Bird perfectly. She manages the conflict between confidence and teenage angst perfectly and switches between emotions seamlessly. Riordan has multiple nominations for awards this season, and I see no reason why she shouldn’t be recognised.
I loved Lady Bird, a quiet, thoughtful screenplay which is nicely directed and well acted.
Overall. 8/10. IMDb