Lady Bird ★★★★★

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Solidly my favorite movie of 2017.

You almost need three hands to count how many well rounded characters there were in it. All in just 90 minutes! All of them are definitely based on archetypes, but they each have at least one thing about them that keeps them from being a stereotype. GG must have given a sacrifice to Sacramento’s elder gods in order to pull this off and keep a consistent tone, pace, and feeling of realism.

The pace I want to compliment specifically because it, in addition to other things, somehow captured the entirety of senior year in that 90 mins. I’d like to measure how long the average scene is. Wouldn’t be surprised if it was just a minute or two. Memorable moment to memorable moment, passing by just like my recollections of high school. Just like the jump cuts as she's walks along.

All of the little dimensions added to Metcalfe's character by the writing and her performance make the airport scene truly something special. On second watch I also swelled up with emotion as the movie drew to a close. The score is definitely a big reason for that. The simple joyous piano as she describes the love she had for her home all along and the “moving on” vibe the credits have are just 👋😙👌

The bigger reason though was with how much I connected with Lady Bird herself. The stated message about love and attention being the same thing is something I try to remind myself of every day. I know I don’t pay as much attention as I should to the people and projects I care about. Watching that final revalation at the end after seeing her fail so many times gives me hope for myself.

It fully deserves any award that might come its way.

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