Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan captivate audiences with ‘Lady Bird’

Lady Bird is the directorial debut of Greta Gerwig, who is widely known for acting work in indie-classics like Frances Ha and Greenberg. The film stars Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn, Grand Budapest Hotel) as Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, a rebellious and outspoken girl who is forced to attend an all girls Catholic school.

Lady Bird is a phenomenal movie with a wonderful cast, sharp writing, and a touching message. It is a nicely-paced coming of age story that is engaging throughout its brief ninety minute runtime.

The story uses some cliche story beats, but the character interactions and dialogue make the movie feel fresh. Also, the story is resolved in such a heartwarming moment that it will satisfy even the most cynical audiences.

The cast in Lady Bird is excellent; there is not a weak link among them. The performances along with Gerwig’s writing create well-developed and memorable characters with satisfying arcs. The standouts among the cast are Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf (Toy Story), who plays Lady Bird’s caring but stern mother. The film juxtaposes Lady Bird’s conflicts with her strong-willed and opinionated mother, who the viewer comes to recognize is just like Lady Bird.

Lady Bird also has a unique visual aesthetic as well as a soundtrack that perfectly complements its setting in the early 2000s. Gerwig actually went to great lengths, personally writing letters to musicians requesting the use of time-specific songs that defined teenage life during the decade.

Exploring themes of self-discovery, finding your own direction in life, and parent-child relationships, Gerwig’s critically acclaimed debut will resonate with most people.

Score 9/10