Mike Torchic’s review published on Letterboxd:
I guess the best part of this Christmas was that this leaked and I was able to watch it...
And before you say anything yes, I’m gonna buy it when it comes out on Blu-Ray, it’s films like these that you have to support.
Lady Bird is a stunning debut from actress turned writer/director Greta Gerwig. Drawing from some of her own personal experiences, Gerwig crafts an accurate portrayal of teen angst and the desire to go out and experience the world.
The character of Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson is among one of the best written characters this year. All she wants to do is experience the world, feeling held back by her very controlling mother. In a way, Lady Bird kinda represents all of us.
We all have that feeling towards our mid to late teens. We want to go out and see the world, meet people, experience culture. When our parents start to hound us about colleges, you want to go halfway across the country instead of the community college 20 minutes away. You want to be as far away from home as possible, and that’s exactly what the character of Lady Bird is all about. She’s naïve, yet has huge aspirations to go where “culture” is. Her parents holding her back is also symbolic of many of our parents. Instead of taking baby steps, we try to get it all at once. Lady Bird’s mother tries to guide her, yet Lady Bird wants nothing to do with her. She’s so set on chasing her dreams that she never stops and thinks if this is all plausible.
All I can say about this film is that it’s relateable as hell. This is one of the most “human” films of the year, and one that will mean many different things to many different people.
This is just how I interpreted the film. I’m sure that this film will strike a certain chord with anyone who has or has yet to see this film.
Bravo Gerwig and Co.