‘Lady Bird’ flocks to the top of Best Picture nominees

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 at 5:04 PM
‘Lady Bird’ flocks to the top of Best Picture nominees by Gabriel Hypes

Sitting in the theater watching this movie, I had a thought that I haven’t had yet while reviewing movies: “I have no idea what I’m going to write about this experience.” This thought wasn’t a bad thing though. 

“Lady Bird” is really good. “Lady Bird” is the best movie of the year. “Lady Bird” is one of the best movies of the last decade. But still, even though I feel this way, I didn’t know how to write it down when I left. 

Driving home, I just sat and thought about the movie with no outside noise. I got home and was still just sitting down and thinking about this movie.

The first thing that came to my mind was the fact that “Lady Bird” was not what I expected at all. When you hear about a movie starring a young woman who refuses to go by her given name and instead insists on being called “Lady Bird,” you’re going to think it’s a weird film, but it’s not. 

During the story, our character of Christine, or Lady Bird, is just an average person who is trying to be weirder than what she is. She tries so hard to be this weird, outside girl, but she truly is just a teenager trying to fit in.

Thinking of that took me to the humor of the film and the characters that bring it out so well. Again, when you hear about a movie starring a young woman who refuses to go by her given name, and who’s going through this coming of age, you’re going to think it’s weird and cheesy, but again it’s not. 

I attended a catholic school just like Lady Bird does and many scenes in the movie felt like they were stolen from my youth. Scene after scene in that school just felt like defining moments of the movie. They were moments that you would go back to and remember if they were in any other film, and where they would stand out so vividly, but for “Lady Bird,” they were just another scene. They were funny, they were emotional, but most importantly, they were very real.

The reason for these great moments was because of the characters and the actors that portrayed them. Everyone in this movie brought something unique and great to the table. There are characters who come and go in the story and characters that stick around from beginning to end; not a single one was bad for the narrative. I enjoyed hearing from the junior varsity football coach turned drama teacher just as much as I loved following the main character herself. 

There isn’t enough I can say about this movie, and I think that is what I struggled with when first thinking about writing a review. Everything in “Lady Bird” is done so well that it makes it hard to talk about and write about. 

The original story, the characters, the drama, the love and the heartbreak — all supply many emotional ups and downs. Seriously, I have not even scratched the surface of what makes this movie so great. A loving yet struggling family, two “true loves,” a decision on college and a ruptured friendship all in 90 minutes. 

Go see this movie. “Lady Bird” is deserving of any award it wins this year. 

Gabriel Hypes is the arts editor for The Spectator. He can be reached at ae.spectator@gmail.com.

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