Greta Gerwig's debut solo film "Lady Bird" shines with fabulous performances from the entire cast, most notably Saoirse Ronan who plays Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson a teenager trying to figure out where she stands who is constantly feuding with her mum (Laurie Metcalf). Christine, a rebelous and ambitious teenager who's charm throughout the film compells the spectator feel a wide range of emotions - from joy to cringe, her character's warmth is utterly charming.
Most directors don't have their debut films be so beloved and as close to perfection as this. Gerwig has shown her utterly skilled talent in writing and bringing that superb screenplay to life in a coming of age story unlike any other. Essentially we focus upon the mother-daughter relationship, surrounding them are characters like Julie, who's incredibly charming and smart played by Beanie Feldstein, Kyle, the cool guy around school played by Timothée Chalamet and Danny, who's revealed to be homosexual after being in a first love relationship with Lady Bird played by Lucas Hedges.
Throughout the film Ronan's performance is so real and compelling that we as the spectator are sucked into the reality of the film and at no point do you question that and that is why she scored herself a best actress nomination for the Academy Awards. The cinematography is very well done, with the colours shining through showing the dark and light sides of life in Sacramento.
The film is about how hard it is for teenagers to grasp the struggles of adult life and it has been captured with charm and emotion, this film will go down in my list as to one of my favourite films of recent years.