Movie Review: Lady Bird
After seeing the movie “Lady Bird” in theatres, I would say with certainty that it is worth seeing. “Lady Bird” focuses on a teenage girl throughout her senior year of high school. It investigates the many facets of her life including her family, best friends, and boyfriends. Based on the overall plot, the indie style film can come across as a cheesy high school movie, but the extremely engaging characters make it unexpectedly interesting.
The main character Christine gives herself the name Lady Bird as an act of defiance from her mother and to illustrate her unique personality. Lady Bird, who is played by actress Saoirse Ronan, is a very peculiar girl who explores her identity through her captivating humor. One of the main plot points of the movie is Christine’s relationship with her mother Marion, who is played by Laurie Metcalf. Marion wants the best for Lady Bird, but may not profess her love in the best manner. The viewer can truly understand their complicated relationship when Lady Bird jumps out of a moving car and breaks her arm just to avoid her mother’s negativity. Marion does belittle Lady Bird, but it is apparent throughout the film that Marion does care for her deeply.
Even throughout the serious events in the movie, humor plays a very large role as well. One of my favorite comical scenes is when Lady Bird implies that her adopted brother Miguel only receives a job because of his ethnicity. Even when Miguel tries to explain that he never mentioned his race on the application, Lady Bird yells out that the name “Miguel” would obviously give his race away. This sort of raw humor is pervasive throughout the film.
I also enjoyed Lady Bird’s genuine relationship with her first boyfriend Danny. Their connection demonstrates how even during high school such valuable and close relationships can be formed. Although their breakup was not ideal, they continued to be close friends, who in fact help each other through a difficult times.
Lady Bird’s experiences with her best friend Julie also are extremely entertaining throughout the film. It’s yet another relationship in the movie that is very realistic and honest. The two friends attend a catholic school, and there is a particularly memorable scene when they are lying down together eating Eucharist wafers as if they are not commiting a huge sin. Eucharist wafers represent the body of Christ. Just like in any high school movie, Julie and Lady Bird have their ups and downs. For a period of time, Lady Bird and Julie do not talk because Lady Bird befriends a more popular girl in order to have a closer relationship with a boy she likes. It is not until the end of the movie when Lady Bird can see how important her friendship with Julie really is to her, and they end up reuniting on prom night.
One specific aspect of the movie to which Riverdale students can strongly relate is in Lady Bird’s college process and her desire to go to college across the country on the East Coast. Going to college on the East Coast would be strenuous on Lady Bird’s family’s economic situation and on their relationship because the film takes place in the early 2000’s when there was less available communication. Lady Bird’s family undergoes financial difficulties throughout the movie with her father losing his job, but she still follows her desires to leave Sacramento.
“Lady Bird” is not only interesting and fun, but it is also an easy to watch movie that is extremely engaging and thought provoking. I definitely recommend this movie to all Riverdale students since every high school student can relate to Lady Bird’s teenage challenges in a unique and meaningful way.