BY EMILY MULQUEEN
“Lady Bird” draws viewers into a conversation between a high school senior and her mother visiting colleges as soon as the Oscar-nominated film begins.
Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan), is a free spirited high school senior growing up in Sacramento, CA, but feels she does not fit in to her high school or her town. With dreams of attending college on the East Coast, she has to go behind her controlling mother’s back, with the help of her laid back father, to apply and pay for school.
But by constantly dreaming of leaving her small town, she is blinded by what she has right in front of her. Sister Sarah Joan (Lois Smith), a nun at Lady Bird’s high school, tells the student that she loves Sacramento more than she knows.
“You write about Sacramento so affectionately and with such care,” says Sister Sarah Joan.
“I was just describing it,” Lady Bird fires back.
“Well, it comes across as love,” responds Sister Sarah Joan.
Sure, I guess I pay attention.” Lady Bird notes.
“Don’t you think maybe they are the same thing? Love and attention?” Sister Sarah Joan asks, leaving Lady Bird with a lot to think about.
This movie highlights the many different issues that high school students’ deal with, from feeling like an outcast among classmates, to dating, sex, family drama and figuring out oneself, “Lady Bird” showed it all.
Lady Bird fell in love with a boy and later found out he was gay. She then started dating someone new, and ignored her best friend Julie (Beanie Feldstein). After breaking up with her boyfriend, she realized the importance of her friendship with Julie and they became friends again. This is something a lot of young people go through which makes “Lady Bird” a relatable movie.
The relationship between Lady Bird and her mother (Laurie Metcalf) constantly changes. From her mother being hard on her, to them fighting, to them making up and spending time together, their relationship is a rollercoaster.
The last scene of the movie shows Lady Bird calling her home after spending a night in the hospital from drinking too much. The reality of life in New York and being away from family hit her hard and she gave her family a call on a cell phone she has been told only to use in emergencies.
“Hi Mom and Dad, it’s me, Christine. It’s the name you gave me. It’s a good one. Dad, this is more for Mom. Hey, Mom, did you feel emotional the first time that you drove in Sacramento? I did and I wanted to tell you, but we weren’t really talking when it happened. All those bends I’ve known my whole life, and stores, and the whole thing. But I wanted to tell you I love you. Thank you, I’m… thank you.”
This was an emotional scene because the entire movie Lady Bird and her mother were at ends. She asked people to call her Lady Bird because she did not like the concept of living life with a name that was given to someone by their parents, so she created her own name. When she addressed herself as Christine, it showed how appreciative she was for her parents.
“Lady Bird” has five Oscar nominations. These nominations include, Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. Aside from these three, Ronan has been nominated for Best Actress and Metcalf has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress.
The Oscars will air March 4 at 8 p.m. on ABC.
This is one in a series of reviews The Pioneer Times is running of movies nominated for the 2018 Best Picture Academy Award. The awards are scheduled for March 4.