• I didn’t find it to be the devastating formal work like paterson and the visuals don’t rise to a level of blade runner: 2049 or Dunkirk but I keep thinking that this film is just about as good as a film can be without checking those boxes (telling that Mr. Rex Reed gives it a glowing 4 stars)
  • Gerwig has yet to develop (or perhaps more correctly been given a change yet with only 1 film) her voice or rhythms as a director in a way that Baumbach and Linklater have been able to do (largely because of the existence of a body of work) but those are two names and comparisons that come to mind
  • Elite-level writing and acting- these characters are authentic and lived in—it lacks Woody’s formal and stylistic flourishes but as an acting/wring combination it’s comparable with Hannah and Her Sisters (which is a top 100 film and won two acting Oscars and a writing one as well).
  • The narrative structure here and the perfectness of it washes over you at the end of the film. We have a character who went from hating home and longing for NYC to missing home (the montage of Sacramento, family, and her visit to the church)
  • Incredible detail in each written line and visual detail (length of Ronan’s skirt changes when she changes friends)
  • In a genre (coming of age drama) where there is a quality entry in the archives literally every year (2016 alone had everybody wants some! and indignation… 2015 had mistress America, me and ear and the dying girl and the diary of a teenage girl) this never felt cliché or unimportant. I was welling up with tears in nearly every scene either from laughter or from some poignant moment
  • I was frankly skeptical of the 94 on metacritic prior to seeing the film but after seeing it is simply an impossible film not to give a 100 to. It’s perfect and will only be bettered by films with a bolder artistic stroke— honestly I really didn’t want Gerwig directing films- she’s such a good performer but again this isn’t some George Clooney-directed flop and waste of talent—it’s truly special and is closer to Baumbach’s work or Linklater who are obviously true auteurs. Mike Mills is another one that comes to mind and I love beginners and 20th century women
  • It’s harder to take notes in theater then home so I look forward to a second viewing—but I was blown away by the amount of great moments and scenes were packed into 93 minutes—highlights include the shot of Laurie Metcalf as she drops off Lady Bird at the airport. I think the scene of Lucas Hedges character breaking down crying on Ronan’s shoulder is very well done as well

    Saoirse Ronan and Lucas Hedges, “Lady Bird” from EPK.tv

  • The football coach directing a play scene was great as well
  • Ronan and Metcalf would both be deserving of an Oscar in most years. I love that Ronan is 23 yet and many critics correctly point out that she could “finally” get her Oscar. She could easily have one already for both atonement in supporting in 2007 and 2015 with Brooklyn

 

viewing 2.0 here April 2018–

  • a complex story of two women– the relationships with the Hedges character, Ronan’s best friend, and others are great but this  relationship is the center of the film- a story of two women– it’s a tennis match between the two.
  • the dialogue and situational drama/comedy is so true but there’s also a storybook quality to the film– it’s fiction and that’s clearly set up in the farcical beginning car gag
  • lovingly shot montages of Sacramento sets up the phone message finale
  • Tracy Letts as the father is great- he carries real weight (depression, love) with him
  • 2002/2003 soundtrack attempts to capture time/place is great
  • Ronan’s “lady bird” is a real character- flawed, selfish, prone to mistakes
  • In the second viewing I noticed character touches with the mom- Metcalf’s character- she’s nice to a co-worker at hospital/clinic (gets gift for baby) and she’s clearly a fixture and friends with woman at the thrift store. And she helps the great priest who has depression issues– Ronan also sticks up for her mother when others make comments about her– it’s real complexity
  • It’s a very rich ensemble for 99 minutes
  • recommend/HR border