Cameron Kanachki’s review published on Letterboxd:
I think I’ve finally found the right words to say about this film.
2017 was somewhat rough for me. I was diagnosed with anxiety & depression this year. I hit some lower points with those issues, but more so with anxiety than depression. They weren’t particularly low, but lower than average. (Thankfully, I’m starting to feel better when it comes to those things). I also had 3 friendships end this year suddenly. (Nothing bad happened, they just ended). And I’ve struggled with some other issues, as well, but I’m starting to figure them out & feel more comfortable when it comes to those issues.
Lady Bird came at one of those lower points. It was Saturday, November 18 when I first saw the film. I’d felt some anxiety & depression over the end of one of those friendships for a while beforehand. That week, I had been anxiously waiting for Lady Bird, as I felt like it would be one of those films that just makes you feel so great after it & has so much feeling to it, that it might make me feel better.
When I saw it, I connected to it so much, more so than any other film I’ve seen. One half of me was Lady Bird. The performative streak & the relationship with her mother, which feels so realistic & natural. The other half of me is Julie. The awkwardness & the feeling that “some people aren’t built happy.”
I left the film sobbing, not because I was sad, but because the film was so beautiful & it felt so real to me.
I’ve seen it 3 more times since then: on Saturday, November 25; Saturday, December 9; & today. I’ve cried at the end of the film all those times.
The thing that I realized the most about Lady Bird was that at the end of the day, I’ll turn out just fine. No matter what happens, I’ll push through it. You’ll go through falling-outs with your best friends, where you don’t talk for a while. And you’ll have arguments with your family. But you’ll be alright. Because your true friends will come back to you. And your family still loves & cares about you.
All the performances in the film are top-notch. The direction’s phenomenal. The screenplay’s amazing. The editing’s great. The cinematography’s well-done. And the score is excellent.
Everything about this film is perfect. I’m sure it’ll be my favorite film of all time for years to come. So, thank you, Greta Gerwig. Thank you, Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Stephen McKinley Henderson & Lois Smith. Thank you, Nick Houy. Thank you, Sam Levy. Thank you, Jon Brion. And thank you, A24. Thank you all for making me, a 16-year-old guy with a lot of stuff going on, feel so amazing & lifting my spirits up. I may not be 100%, but I know I’ll be fine at the end of the day. And I can definitely thank this film for starting to get me on the road to being ok with not being fully ok.
Also… Happy New Year, my fellow film-lovers!