THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

LADY BIRD (2017)


Another contender for Best Picture, this may be one of the best coming-of-age films I’ve ever seen!  Now I must say that, like the lead character Lady Bird, played wonderfully by Saoirse Ronan, I, too, was brought up in a Catholic household, went to Catholic school and dutifully trudged off to church on Sundays.  Ronan wants to go away to college and leave Sacramento behind, but her always-critical and tell-it-like-it-is mom (Laurie Metcalf) says nope, we can’t afford it.  Her dad (Tracy Letts) has lost his job and is fighting depression but is always there for his daughter.  We see her go through what we all went through in high school – her first boyfriend – followed quickly by a second.  School plays.  Trying to hang with the cool kids.  Learning the cool kids suck.  Stuff like that.  The director and writer is the actress Greta Gerwig, and for a first-time solo effort, this is amazingly good.  She also hails from Sacramento, and she was in high school the same time as this picture takes place, the early 2000s.  Very autobiographical but in acting class they tell you to write your own material, and write what you know.  And Saoirse Ronan captures every nuance as Lady Bird.  She was so damn good in Brooklyn a couple of years ago and she’s almost as good here.  Also, this is the best role Laurie Metcalf has ever had and she’s spot on, as well.  Lady Bird is the kind of film where you don’t mind hanging around with the characters in the movie as you root for them to find what they’re looking for.  Or maybe what they need.


TLA  one word review: touching