Lady Bird ★★★★★

I had to go through so much emotional distress because I set up so many plans to watch Lady Bird and not a single one pushed through, except for this.

After what seemed to be a long time of waiting, I finally saw Lady Bird in one of the two theatres that shows it in the Philippines. I brought my family along with me because they wanted me to introduce them to my greatest passion in life: movies.

I was very, very worried because I thought my family would not be able to understand what the movie means and what it represents; that they wouldn't relate to it as much as I did. Silly me. I forgot that we essentially live the same lives: my family lived through my experiences and I have lived through theirs, and we all continue to do so.

My irrational and unnecessary worrying was confirmed by the love my family has for this film. They cried and they laughed, especially my older sister, who relived our experiences in the Catholic school we went to; and my mom, who saw herself in Laurie Metcalf's Marion. Although she was not impressed that it didn't go on longer.

And for me, just when I thought I could never love this movie more than I already have– I did. It's a different experience when you're watching your movie with the people who made you into the person you are today, and who will help you become the person you want to be. It's a happy feeling.

So now I conclude that tonight has been one of the greatest moments of my life. Thank you, family. Thank you, Greta Gerwig. Thank you, Lady Bird. I don't deserve you but I'm truly grateful.

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