Gibberish before an eventual re-watch (I am a MESS):
- An actor-turned-director solo debut which sings with the blossoming prowess of distilling strength into applicable new directions. Greta Gerwig takes her manic, impossibly radical energy as a performer and shapes it gently, sweetly, humanely.
- The result is a 'first feature' seemingly made by a master filmmaker at the height of her career. Lady Bird, as an endeavor, is fucking intimidating.
- But watching it, Gerwig's film is just...memory at its most slippery. A cohesive, economical tidal-wave of moments, feelings, montages giving way to weeks and months of unspoken words adding up to mountains of buried regret. Its uproarious comedy runs right along a particular line of financial instability…