Lady Bird, written and directed by Greta Gerwig
A review by Adrienne Klonfas
Lady Bird is a coming of age story about Catherine, played by Saoirse Ronan, who fights with her mother and school to call her “Lady Bird” and is desperate to go to a prestigious college. Central to the movie is Lady Bird’s relationship with her mother, played by Laurie Metcalf. These two love each other and are very similar to one another, but Lady Bird's mother wants the best for her and expresses this through control. She’s looking ahead, trying to protect her daughter’s future. Her daughter is simply trying to figure out who she is, and needs support at that moment. There is a lot of yelling in this film.
Both mother and daughter are challenging. I decided during the movie that I didn’t like either of them. Lady Bird is a brat; her mother is a little emotionally abusive. However, at their worst and tenderest moments I could see myself and some loved ones in these characters: messily trying to be true to themselves as well as their loved ones. It won me over in the end.
At last, Lady Bird makes it on her own, where she is able to be whomever she wants. One final act of rebellion makes her question yet again who this is, after which she realizes that simply being “Catherine” might not be so bad.
I was able to watch Lady Bird online using Kanopy, a streaming video service which only required my library card information.