Lady Bird ★★★★½

I went into this kind of uninterested because it seemed like a sort of generic indie comedy at first glance. In fact, it seemed a bit obnoxious. But after actually watching the film, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that this is one of the best high school films and one of the best films about adolescence I've seen in quite some time.

All of the performances were spot on fantastic. Even with Saoirse Ronan, who I'm somewhat mixed with performance wise, gave light to one of the best performances all year. Another thing that is done exceptionally well is tone. Some films have a hard time balancing comedy with emotion, but it feels effortless here flowing naturally between the two. And that's due in part to Greta Gerwig's screenplay, which uses some pretty common high school film tropes but makes it fresh.

Even in the visual aspect, I loved this film. The framing was very simple, but it was the type of cinematography that absolutely fits the film. And it's the warm color work that truly makes the cinematography inviting.

But Lady Bird was one of the biggest surprises this year for me. I was worried I'd be underwhelmed by the end of the film, but to be frank I was anything but. This is a fantastic, hilarious, emotional film that I would recommend to pretty much everybody.


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