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Jake’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
This movie is 1 hour and 35 minutes. 95 minutes long, and yet it encapsulates every single aspect of a coming of age movie with perfection. To pack so many heartwarming and powerful scenes into such a short film is teastament to the incredible writing, but also the performances of its cast. Especially our queens Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf, who’s dynamic is brutal and realistic and delivers the best scenes.
The scene where Lady Bird confronts Danny about his sexuality, him breaking down crying, and her comforting him instead of being angry was the moment I knew this movie was stellar.
The car scenes are beautiful. We see so much emotion shared between Lady Bird and her mom in them, especially the airport scene. I love that we didn’t get a cliche ending to that, the mom gets there too late and that was that, because that’s how life is sometimes. You don’t always get resolution.
The ending with the mirroring of Lady Bird and her mom driving in Sacramento put the perfect bow on the top. I got hit with a wonderful sense of nostalgia, that kind of nostalgia where it’s as beautiful as it is painful to reminisce on the past. Like Lady Bird it made me appreciate my hometown, and that part of my childhood, but also appreciate my growth past it.