Run time: 94 mins
Greta Gerwig’s offbeat sensibility is usually left
to her on-screen personas via indie ‘dramedies’.
With Lady Bird, we witness her full potential as a
filmmaker with a voice.
This coming-of-age story takes the broad details
of Gerwig’s own upbringing and uses them to
create moments full of spiky humour, all the while
sketching a family set-up loaded with struggle.
Saoirse Ronan’s characterisation of 17-year-old
Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson has the forceful
momentum of a natural disaster.
Unlike the rich kids at her Catholic School,
Christine’s family is scraping by on mum’s nurse’s
salary. She has no interest in being defined by her
socioeconomic bracket and clashes with her mother
Saoirse Ronan whirlwinds through every scene,
bristling with a feral desire for experience. Lady Bird
is a small film making a lot of big noise; a hidden
gem that has been exposed in the Oscar spotlight.
It deserves the exposure because Lady Bird is
bursting with warmth, wit and melancholy; it is both
thrillingly real and deeply personal. Gerwig, Ronan,
take a bow. (Jack Whiting)
Come and see if it moves you too.