Koimoi Recommends Lady Bird: This week’s recommendation to all the Koimoi readers is the film Lady Bird. Directed by Greta Gerwig, the film stars Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, and Beanie Feldstein. It’s a story of a phase that every person has experienced during their growing days. It’s a phase one will live in their teenage days.
Director: Greta Gerwig
Available On: Netflix
Lady Bird is a story of a teenage girl named Christine McPherson aka Lady Bird (played by Saoirse) and her journey of last days of school and venturing into the college life. Obviously, when such a huge change is going to take place, you are bound to have several thoughts, confusions and doubts going on in your head. At such a time, you seek some help or advice from your parents. But what if your parents or parent is someone who refuses to understand your side? Well, that’s when our Lady Bird walks on the path of self-discovery. However, the film is not only a story of Saoirse’s character, even her mother, Marion McPherson played by Laurie Metcalf has to come to terms with changes in life and parenting.
Set in Sacramento in California, Lady Bird despises the city she resides it. Despite living there for years, she feels that Sacramento is not for her. Hence, she dreams of enjoying her college life in big cities in the East Coast, precisely, New York. Despite knowing her mother will never support her decision, she still takes the step towards fulfilling her dream.
Christine isn’t someone who wants to make changes in the world or has powerful thoughts, but sometimes, she talks about a certain topic in the right way. She’s confident in what she believes. That shows bright side and progressive way of thinking. For an instance, in her school, which is Catholic, one of the professors tells the girls how it is a sin to ‘abort’ a child. LB isn’t pleased with this thought and very casually ends up saying – “Just because something looks ugly doesn’t mean it’s morally wrong.”
Also, her friendship with Julie (played by Beanie) is one of the highlights of the film. The female friendship portrayed in Greta’s film reflects the reality of how two girls can have immense fun with each other. From eating a lot to complaining about gaining weight to discussing their ways of mast*rbation, Lady Bird and Julie talk about everything. However, being a teenager also means making wrong decisions and trying to be a part of a clan that is cited as ‘cool’ by the others. Even our girl makes a similar mistake.
Along with her dreams, we are also given an insight into LB’s love life. Teenage love is purest and no one is sure how long it will last. The crushes during that time feel like forever; especially when the person reciprocates. Similarly, Lady Bird experiences her phase of teenage love with two boys – Danny O’Neill (played by Lucas Hedges) and Kyle Scheible (played by Timothée Chalamet). But how perfect are those people we love during this time? When Lady Bird is disappointed as she wanted to have her first time s*x special, Timothée aka Kyle tells her, “You’re going to have so much unspecial s*x in your life.” Well, to those who have been in this phase, does this ring any bells?
Now, coming to the main crux of the story – Lady Bird’s equation with her mom. The mother-daughter duo doesn’t share a friendly equation, but there is abundant love between them. However, her mom always feels that her daughter is crazy and too demanding, and can’t think beyond herself. On the other hand, LB thinks her mom doesn’t like her. There are several showdowns between the two. Even when Lady Bird gets her college letter from New York, her mom gives a pretty harsh reaction. The way their equation is portrayed in the film, the director has clearly shown how lack of healthy conversation between people can lead to misunderstandings and strain the relationship.
In the end, LB aka Christine is a free soul, but she has a lot to learn in life as it’s just the beginning. Overall, Lady Bird a breezy and warm story with lots of emotions and feelings. The dialogues of the films are meaningful and the performances are certainly spectacular!
Considering it’s going to be a long weekend due to New Year’s eve, Lady Bird is the right kind of light and sweet watch for y’all!