Ladybird Movie Review: An Enlightening Portrayal!

Director: Greta Gerwig
Writer: Greta Gerwig
Music: Jon Brion
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Lois Smith

“We’re afraid that we’ll never escape our past. We’re afraid of what the future will bring. We’re afraid we won’t be loved, we won’t be liked and we won’t succeed,”.

All my life I have felt as an outcast, people around me have tried to control my actions, my emotions, and the way I live. It has been heart-wrenching to walk away, to fight, and to be myself at all costs, personally and professionally. I was always told that we have to go with certain principals, to follow norms to be accepted, to be loved, to be respected, and I always ran away from it. When you have your own thought process, your own ideologies, and your own way of doing things, it becomes a constant fight to adjust or to exist.

This movie was like a journey, from start to finish, I could feel the resemblance and emotions with all my heart. The story is set in 2003 and is about outspoken and reckless senior high school girl Christina Macpherson played by Saoirse Ronan. She has a troubled relationship with her mother and the films follow her journey throughout her senior high school year.

She attends faith-affiliated private school in Sacramento, California. She has a doting father who usually is the bridge between the mother and daughter duo. Ladybird wants to go to college in East Coast, to get out from her hometown but her parents cannot afford it. For the same, she set plans and applies to colleges to get scholarships and financial aids.

The character shows us a very strong personality, Greta Gerwig in her debate has given a place to fall in love with and characters to relate and understand. Ladybird as a character has a strong personality, her opinions are loud, and her absolute and uncertain behaviors not only make her loved people but end up hurting some too, unknowingly. When asked about her name Ladybird, she explains, “I gave it to myself, it was given to me by me,”

The movie is a beautiful transition of becoming an adult, ladybird reminds us of ourselves, when we fought with our parents for our ambitions, loved them at the same time even with a broken heart. Gerwig shows us details in the frames, either it’s a store, moment,  or a place, it has its own charm.

The movie takes us through high school plays, falling in love for the first time, losing virginity, heartbreaks, friendships, best friends, mischiefs as teenagers, it’s a package, you won’t miss anything.

Gerwin as a director has depicted the dreams, insecurities, and hardships of a youth preparing for the world, in a very raw and graceful manner. She shows the recklessness of a teen when Ladybird jumps out the cars when her mother disapproves of her ambitions. There are moments when we root for the mother played by Laurie Metcalf, who is frightening but kind and sometimes we feel for Ladybird who is drunk on her ambitions and desires. The relationship can be depicted with one quote when her mostly disappointed mother says,”I want you to be the best version of yourself.’ and Ladybird replies,”What if this is my best version?”

In terms of music, it keeps the scenes intact, the cinematography is so brilliant that it makes you look again at the city and frames with an open heart. The actors have given good performances, you do not feel that they are fiction based, very realistic portrayals by all of them.

The movie does not try to glorify anything or sends a message, but it shows you unfiltered lives, beautiful town, and some personal relationships which you have around. There are few lines which I loved when sister’s at her Catholic school tells Ladybird that she has written very affectionately about her town Sacramento.

Sister Joan: You clearly love Sacramento.
Lady Bird: I do?
Sister Joan: You write about Sacramento so affectionately and with such care.
Lady Bird: I was just describing it.
Sister Joan: Well, it comes across as love.
Lady Bird: Sure, I guess I pay attention.
Sister Joan: Don’t you think maybe they are the same thing? Love and attention?

You must watch the movie it’s modesty, for it’storytelling, and for the beautiful portrayals by the stars.

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