“Anybody who talks about California hedonism has never spent a Christmas in Sacramento.” -Joan Didion
- What is this movie about?
In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California.
- Why should you watch it?
Many indie films are forgotten while other will be remembered. This one is one of the second group, a movie that will be remembered as an indie film that has been collecting awards and even more ovations wherever it was projected, if not check for ourselves in Rotten Tomatoes.
The story is pretty simple: last year of high school in a small town for a teenage girl. Is it true that we have been witness of this kind of stories many times, high school soap operas more likely, but this movie is completely different. This movie has a more real and purer way to show things. We follow the path of “Lady Bird”; we discover friendship with her, we discover love with her, we discover what is being daughter with her, and above all, we discover the joy of being young. That time when you biggest worry was what to wear to the prom. The story follows the whole last year of high school and it centers on what it is important to show: her relationship with her parents, with her siblings, with her friends, with boys, with other girls…
Not for a moment is there a weak moment in the story and not for a moment your eyes are leaving the screen. You are drown into the movie and you are part of it. You will reminiscence of your high school time and maybe find yourself thinking, hey, that’s me! Some scenes are really hilarious and you won’t be able to stop yourself from laughing out loud. The main thing that is driving the movie is Saoirse Ronan’s performance, she is the movie. Her performance is simply brilliant as she makes a great job in portraying the rebellious teen that is enjoying her last year of high school in a small town before (trying/wanting to) leave it.
Best adjective to describe this movie would be: beautiful. Because that is what is it, just beautiful. Is that kind of movie that makes you believe again in the magic of cinema. No superheroes, no visual effects, just people acting and portraying live as itself. Pure joy.
- Did you know?
– Saoirse Ronan and Greta Gerwig first met each other at the Toronto Film Festival in 2015 when Ronan was promoting Brooklyn (2015) and Gerwig was promoting Maggie’s Plan(2015). Ronan had already read Gerwig’s script and instantly connected with the titular character, so when both women discussed the script at length in Ronan’s hotel room and she read the key part aloud, Gerwig knew that she had found her “Lady Bird.”
– The film is Greta Gerwig’s solo feature directorial debut.
– According to director Greta Gerwig, the first draft of her script was 350 pages long, which would equate to a movie nearly six hours long.
– Lady Bird (2017) temporarily broke the record held by Toy Story 2 (1999) (163 reviews, all “fresh”) of the best-reviewed movie of all time on Rotten Tomatoes, with 196 “fresh” reviews in a row. However, it ended up getting its first “rotten” review after counting 197, therefore no longer holding a perfect score. It maintains a 100% rating for Top Critics.
– Saoirse Ronan has said that the most difficult word for her to pronounce with an American accent was “perfect.”
– The fact that Christine (Saoirse Ronan) and best friend Julie (Beanie Feldstein) wear the same color of nail polish is pure coincidence. Then, since there was a considerable degree of improvisational latitude allowed for character development on-set, a decision was made to have them wear the same polish color for the entire film.
– After the movie came out, billboard ads were put up in Sacramento congratulating director Greta Gerwig on her Golden Globe wins, with the hashtag “#SacramentoProud.”