Although it does tread a few familiar roads in terms of coming-of-age films, Lady Bird is a delightful watch. I love the awkward social confusion humour in this. Much of the film feels very genuine and honest; it is a small down to earth story but isn't needlessly hopeful or sugar coated as many in this genre can be. The cast are all great. And that scene with the sports coach trying to direct a school play as though it were a football game...well I thought that was quiet comedy gold.
What a brilliant film.
The vivid colours, gorgeous cinematography and innocence of a child's general behaviour is contrasted perfectly against the underlying vulgarity and violent struggle-against-poverty that permeates the peripheral visions of these kids every day.
Although the final sequence felt a tad incoherent and unexpected, it is held together by an unbelievable performance that totally moved me and made up for my confusion as the credits rolled.
Willem Dafoe is excellent and brilliantly against type. All the child performers are revelations. There are so many beautiful, bittersweet and downright stomach turning moments. I absolutely loved this.
Really loved the brooding tone and slightly less in-your-face approach to making a teen movie set in the pre-internet 80s/90s eras. Probably one of the most brutal coming-of-age stories I've seen. Aside from a couple of wonky line deliveries, the performances were also pretty damn impressive (especially from a cast of teenage unknowns).
Though it did lose me a little towards the end with the direction it ultimately opted for, I still really appreciated the trippy PTSD allusions and mostly loved this film.