- 23 Feb 18
The film opens in Irish theatres today and is not to be missed.
Christine McPherson is a girl overflowing with unflappable certainty, and stifling insecurity. She is headstrong but wants to fit in, has lofty ambitions but no work ethic, loves her mother and snaps at her constantly. She is a creature who is delicate but longs to explore the world on her own, which is perhaps why she calls herself Lady Bird.
In short, she’s a teenage girl.
Saoirse Ronan gives the warmest, funniest and most nuanced performance of her career in Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, which charts Lady Bird’s final year in highschool, and her irrepressible desire for something, anything, more. Discontent and disillusioned in her sleepy Sacramento neighbourhood, she’s certain she deserves a life filled with culture, intellectualism and adventure – dreams she constantly, snarkily expresses to her mother, Marion (Laurie Metcalf). In Lady Bird’s forgivable, youthful self-centeredness, she doesn’t notice how these complaints multi-task as attacks; constant criticisms of the life her mother has crafted. But we do.