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  • Writer's pictureKaveh Jalinous

Lady Bird (2017): Film Review

Never in my life have I seen a film manage to keep a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Films have gotten close, such as Get Out, which maintained a 100% for a long time before sinking down to a 99%, but a film has never managed to pull it off. Lady Bird came out on November 3, 20 days ago, and its score has not sunk down from 100%. And, that is the score it deserves. Coming-Of-Age is a hard genre to make a movie about, because you have to walk the fine line of making sure it's not cheesy and sappy, and making sure it is actually a wholesome story. Well, Greta Gerwig truly nailed it with her directorial debut, because Lady Bird is truly one of the best films of the year, and one of the best coming-of-age stories yet. Lady Bird is a marvel. The film got everything right, which is why it is so amazing. The plot is completely original, telling the story of a teenager at a Catholic High School in Sacramento in 2002, who is sassy, fed up, and wants to be referred to as "Lady Bird", instead of her real name (Christie). We run through her senior year, as we go through the ups and downs of a teenager living life. Nobody is more fit to play the role of "Lady Bird" than Saoirse Ronan, who with this and Brooklyn, has proved that she can truly act and has a natural gift at it. The writing is superb, and the script is one beautiful, wholesome, story that has hidden themes about love, school, and even life. The film doesn't feel rushed, and takes time to uncover everything laid out at the start of the movie, which is something a lot of films don't do anymore. There are no intricate plots confusing the audience, no overacting involved, no unnecessary exposition and dialogue; what we have here with Lady Bird is a raw, wholesome, film that knows what it wants and where it wants to go, and gets there. And, by the end of the film, everyone knows it: Lady Bird is truly a spectacular film, and is completely original.


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