aliyah’s review published on Letterboxd:
lady bird, to me, is about growing in and out of yourself. it’s about the desperate yearn to slip away and pour yourself into a mould that you’ve stepped away from, but finding yourself spilling from the seams regardless.
i saw someone comment on how little women is the perfect spiritual sequel to lady bird, and in rewatching this, that idea became much more evident. i began to realise how gloriously one seeps into another, in this harmonious call and response that is constantly feeding itself in a cycle of discovery. where lady bird is much about finding yourself as a teenage girl and meeting yourself as you move away from that, little women treads into a world where that awkward pain melts to nostalgia, and both have something beautiful to say about self-discovery.
i am in awe of the depth and clarity of greta gerwig’s voice; there is something of a purity in the way that her ideas are channeled straight into emotions. she makes the type of films that can only be borne of your own heart and soul, and there is something so intimately admirable about that. i truly can’t wait for barbie and whatever we have to look forward to next.
lady bird is honest. often i find the world of the screen feels distant in its romanticisation, but instead this film makes home feel homelier. i want to hug my mum; i want to hug everyone that has ever felt my crumbling self and tried to pick the pieces up from behind me. i want to hug everyone that hasn’t, as well. i want to grow.
there are very few films that can make you long for yourself. normally, you fade wistfully away - you find yourself wanting something different, something ‘more’. lady bird feels hopeful because it doesn’t have you needing that; it wants you to find yourself and to cling to it, because your heart doesn’t belong off searching for something distant, it deserves to live inside you, feel the rhythm of its beat.