Saoirse Ronan is one of my favourite actresses, in Lady Bird she plays Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, a teen about to graduate high school and move on to college.
Okay, I’m really struggling to write these reviews lately. I saw Lady Bird in March, and it’s now November. I’m hitting a wall, and don’t know how to get through it. I used to find reviewing and blogging therapeutic and relaxing, but life has really beaten me up for the past few months. I haven’t had time to watch a movie in months, let alone review one, and I haven’t even had the desire to watch one. There are things I want to see. I want to see Life of the Party, I want to see Ant Man and the Wasp, and probably a lot of others too. Hopefully I’ll get to them. Hopefully I’ll review them too.
Here we go then, I’m going to struggle and try to get through this review. This is going to be tough for a while, because I don’t remember a lot of the key points anymore. Maybe point form is the way to go for a while…
- Enjoyed the movie, but thought it was really about nothing, but that’s not a bad thing. Well, it can be. I’ve found the last few movies Saoirse Ronan did to have been about nothing. Brooklyn, Lady Bird, and from what I can tell by the trailers On Chesil Beach too, all are movies just about life. There doesn’t seem to be a villain to defeat, or a big bad antagonist, the characters all just have to get through every day life. My only complaint is because I like Ronan so much, that I want to see her doing different things. Maybe I should just watch Hanna again…
- Laurie Metcalf was excellent as the mother, and I think was very deserving of her Best Supporting Actress nomination. I would have liked her to win, but that’s because I haven’t seen I, Tonya. I really like Allison Janney too, so I’m not upset that she won over Metcalf.
- Quite a bit of humour, quite a bit of drama. Relatable, and fun.
- Good dialogue and situations. The cast really worked well together, especially Ronan and Metcalf who delivered an excellent and very believable mother-daughter dynamic.
- Greta Gerwig wrote and directed and was nominated for an Oscar as Director and for the screenplay. I don’t know if the direction of the film was really Oscar worthy or not. I don’t know if her nomination was part of a movement to make the Oscars more diverse. To me the direction was nothing special. I guess when two of your cast are nominated for acting awards, you are either doing something right, or they just made it easier for the director.
If you’re a fan, or if you’re just looking for something good to watch, I’d say give Lady Bird a try.
Bottom Line: I got nothing right now.
Lee Chandler is a handyman working in the Boston area who gets the call that his brother has died in nearby Manchester, the town they both grew up in. Lee goes back to settle his brother’s affairs which unbeknownst to him, include becoming guardian to his teenage nephew, Patrick (Lucas Hedges). There are reasons Lee left Manchester, one of which is his ex-wife (Michelle Williams) and the emotional reasons why she is his ex-wife. Now Lee is forced to return to the town, family and memories he left behind.
The movie felt very real to me, just like a slice of somebody’s everyday life. Lee falls asleep on the couch and burns the spaghetti sauce; he has to drop off and pickup his nephew from school, from band practice, and from his dates; he has to deal with his brother’s business; and he has to sort out his life whether it is in Manchester or not. The routine, day to day things were part of the movie, which I liked. Affleck was pretty good in the lead, good enough to win the Best Actor Oscar. Michelle Williams was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, which surprises me because even though she was very good in the film, she was only on the screen for maybe fifteen minutes. Is there no minimum time requirement to be nominated for a supporting role?
While the movie did feel very real, it also felt very slow at times. I suppose life doesn’t always move at the quickest pace, but I like my movies to move a little faster than the everyday. It took about three quarters of the movie for me to really become invested in these characters, and finally once I was hooked, the movie ended. There was no real resolution to things, you don’t really know the characters’ futures, life just keeps on going, but it felt like the story ended mid-paragraph. A good story leaves you wanting more, and I really did want more but I think that was because I wanted closure to the characters. Was I a little disappointed with the ending? Yes. Did I enjoy the film for the entire run? No. But, once they revealed a few key plot points, the preceding hours of the film suddenly became a lot more enjoyable to me. Definitely worth watching, but I’d say be prepared for a slow burn, and some boredom before the film actually gets good.
Bottom Line: Casey Affleck mumbles a lot… Apparently that gets you an Oscar now.