Ladybird (2017) Review

4/5* Shivs Show | Siobhan Divers

Dir: Greta Gerwig 

94 mins 

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Lois Smith.

A smart, original and funny coming of age drama, its impossible not to love Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut.

Ladybird follows the young Christine “Ladybird” McPherson (Saiorse Ronan), a high schooler in Sacrimento, California.

Set in 2002, the story focuses on Ladybird’s relationships, primarily her relationship with her mother but also her relationship with love interests Danny O’Neill (Lucas Hedges) and Kyle Scheible (Timothée Chalamet) and her best friend Julie Steffans (Beanie Feldstein).

An touching indie movie with scenes similar to other memorable teenage flick Perks of Being a Wallflower, Ladybird is authentic and realistic.

Living in a small town, Ladybird and her family – mum (Laurie Metcalf), dad (Tracy Letts) and brother Miguel (Jordan Rodrigues) struggle financially and the film explores how money can affect relationships looking at how it creates tensions.

Because of their financial troubles and the clash of personalities between herself and her mother, Ladybird dreams of travelling and escaping her hometown – she applies to a university in New York much to the disapproval of her mother.

A striking modern masterpiece, Ladybird explores the path from childhood to adulthood. Saoirse Ronan plays her character Ladybird well and and the impressive acting doesn’t stop there. Beanie Feldstein is still as fun in her typical young woman with a big personality role and Laurie Metcalf is captivating in her anxious yet loving mother role.

One of the best films of 2017, Ladybird should definitely be added to your watch list!

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