Lady Bird ★★★★★

“Fly away home” 

Lady Bird is the directorial debut of actress Greta Gerwig, and follows Lady Bird, a highschool senior, through her last months of highschool and all that comes with growing up and becoming oneself.

I think that this is my favorite film of awards season so far. This film felt like I was watching a movie of my own life. Almost every scene felt extremely relatable. I loved last year’s Edge of Seventeen, and I found it relatable. This is even more so, the relationship between Lady Bird and her mother (a standout performance by Laurie Metcalf) gets all the complications, nuances, and love in a mother daughter relationship just right. It was the simpler scenes, such as when Lady Bird’s mom yells at her for not putting her clothes away properly, or her reaction to kissing the boy she likes, that will resonate with people, especially teenage girls. Another strength of the movie, besides a great script and directing by Greta Gerwig, is the performance of Saorise Ronan. It didn’t feel forced or, like many coming of age films, like an adults idea of what a teenager should act like. It was just right, and as a result, I loved Lady Bird. Even when she was making choices that from the outside looked irresponsible, she played the part with such emotional availability and honesty, reacting just as I would have, I couldn’t help but root for her. Maybe it’s because I myself am in my senior year, but every scene (in particular the prom scene, as well as the graduation scene) had me completely emotionally involved, and I walked out of the theatre bawling my eyes out and called my mom to tell her how much I loved her. Every teenage girl that I know that saw this movie loved it and felt like it was made just for them. Props to Greta Gerwig for really showing what’s it’s like to be a young girl.