Lady Bird

Lady Bird
Photo by D. Tempesta

Hello, friends! I have missed you. I apologize for my absence; I had a number of personal matters going on. Well, one personal issue with multiple components, really. But not to worry! It was a positive issue and is turning out quite well. Anyhow, it is good to be back and posting.

We will keep this one short for a couple reasons, part of the reason being the subject material. I have found one-sided conversations about Lady Bird to be particularly difficult. Any sort of discussion about this movie needs to be exactly that, not just a mad man monologuing.

In short, Lady Bird was an incredible movie, not least of which was because of an incredible performance from the entire cast. Quite honestly, it may be one of the best movies we watch this year. However, it is difficult to pick one or two aspects of the movie that stand out. The film in its entirety was well above average. The story was great. The acting was incredible. The camera work, visuals, and music fit well. It was just a solid movie all around. What allows Lady Bird to stand out above the rest is that it did all this while still being unique.

Lady Bird could have been any one of us. She wasn’t a prodigy; she wasn’t a hero born to save the world. She was a normal girl and we watched her live a very normal life. In fact, I would argue that we all saw ourselves in Lady Bird at least once throughout the movie. Who hasn’t wanted to jump out of a moving car to avoid a parental lecture? Who hasn’t yelled at their sibling hoping to curse them for all eternity? I am sure I have even betrayed a friend and been lucky enough for them to accept me again, no questions asked. The normalcy and relatability that Lady Bird brings to the screen are refreshing and impressive.

More impressively is that we watched her live a normal life for over a year, and each scene felt just as important as the last. Lady Bird was truly about Lady Bird, but it didn’t just cover one aspect of her. The film was brave enough to approach every aspect of life. From the heart-warming family interactions to the heart-wrenching difficulties of a conflicted young man. Greta Gerwig was even so bold as to not hold back when Lady Bird had her rebellious display during the school meeting. This all culminated into what can be described as one of the top three best endings I have seen in a film. It was perfect. The best part of the conclusion was the resolution between Lady Bird and her mother. They each accepted each other without even having a conversation together. Lady Bird now introduces herself as “Christine”, and her mother addresses each of her dozen or so letters as “Lady Bird”. The nuance was flawless, resulting in a perfect ending.

My name is Chuck, and these are my thoughts. Now I would like to know what you think. Did you find Lady Bird as engaging as I? Or did you have an opinion that aligns more with the few? How did you feel about the ending? Leave a comment down below, and we’ll talk. Enjoy the day!

One thought on “Lady Bird

  1. I just saw Ladybird, and I was texting my daughter who lives across the country (4th year University student) while laughing and crying and cringing….and finding myself missing my mom. My mother died over 4 years ago now, and up until this time, I hadn’t really had a stand-out moment of truly ‘missing her’. I mean I have dealt with waves of grief and shit-ass memories, but I gotta hand it to Ladybird. I missed my mom. I missed my kid. I missed my own awkward acid-washed days of youth.
    So….that was a round-about, ramble of a way to say I thought it was an excellent movie!

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