Movie Review: Lady Bird

29 January 2018

I went to the movies with my friends last night to see Lady Bird, the award-winning film starring actress Saoirse Ronan. I really adore this actress: she’s from The Bronx and she’s only 23 years old! I became aware of the movie last week, after my manager suggested I see it because it speaks a lot about growing up and young adult phases. I’ve seen movies like Fault in the Stars and Perks of Being a Wallflower, so I was expecting this movie to make me cry AND smile. Of course, since the movie has so many awards tied to it now, I literally thought this was going to inspire and change my life. I’m incredibly curious to hear your thoughts about Lady Bird because I don’t entirely see why it’s being considered one of the top movies of 2018. I thought the acting was great, and the characters are young and fruitful, but I feel like everyone has lived that movie in one shape or form. When I watch a movie, I want to feel like I either am the character, or like I’d never be able to imagine what the main character was going through. I felt both of those feelings during this movie, which is why I didn’t enjoy it as much as someone else might have. She is too similar to most teens out there: and that’s why you could say it’s the worst movie or the greatest movie you’ll ever see…

The definition of a coming of age film is: “Coming of age is a young person’s transition from being a child to being an adult. It continues through the teenage years of life. The certain age at which this transition takes place changes in society, as does the nature of the change.”

I see why people would relate to this movie, and why they’d think the acting was spot on, if not perfect, but is that enough for making it the best movie of 2018? But maybe that’s the true reason: because there aren’t many movies that reflect real life, without the use of social media, that let the characters translate their experiences on the screen. I thoroughly enjoyed that Lady Bird was set in 2003, because if it had been set in 2018, the entire storyline would’ve changed. The characters in the movie didn’t even have iPhones or iPads, so social media wasn’t an issue: but if it had been set today, I bet the movie would’ve been about bullying and suicide. 13 Reasons Why is done and over with, and I’m ready for the next TV show or movie to really strike a chord with me. This movie in particular wasn’t the one for me, but I’m eager to see what comes out in the next months.

If you have a chance to see this movie, I highly suggest it. You’ll realize how the issues you’re facing in high school will eventually end, and that life should be about looking at the bigger picture. I’d love to hear what you thought about Lady Bird- leave your comments below!




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