Saoirse Ronan (23), the Irish/American actress whom many will know from Brooklyn, Plays the part of Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson, daughter of Marion McPherson, played by Laurie Metcalf (62). Tracy Letts (52) plays Larry McPherson, the father of Christine. Jordan Rodrigues (25) plays Miguel McPherson, the brother of "Lady Bird." I assumed he was adopted as there is no way he could have been the biological son of the two parents. They had another adopted daughter, so it seems as if they might have adopted a son also. The acting is superb. The music is totally appropriate and unobtrusive.
The main theme in the film is the relationship between mother and daughter, as daughter goes through a coming of age stage in her young life. I totally related to it, as will any mothers of daughters. The person who has been a delight all her life, suddenly becomes someone different, seemingly overnight. Where before there had been a comfortable, pleasant connection, that has been broken and daughter becomes determined to have her own way in everything. If the mother understands the process, and can let her daughter become her own person, it is easier. In "Lady Bird" the mother is not too aware of what her daughter is experiencing, but is more concerned with herself. She is dogmatic, and tries to be dictatorial, which doesn't work. The father is a sympathetic figure, and helps the situation. I liked the ending of the film where "Lady Bird" becomes Christine, and grows up with a better appreciation of her mother.
|Writer Director Greta Gerwig|
It's impossible not to point out that this is a film made by a woman, about the lives of women, from a woman's point of view. From my point of view, this is so refreshing. I liked this film. It's sweet!