Apparently, I’m one of the few people that didn’t like Lady Bird. A semi-autobiographical coming-of-age “comedy” that’s nominated for an Academy Award by writer/director Greta Gerwig.
Saoirse Ronan stars as the whiny, title character, Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, living in Sacramento, CA with her loving, Roman Catholic parents that don’t fully understand her teenage angst, but do their best to relate to their quirky daughter. Granted a lot of people are dying to get out of Sac-Town, but you can’t really bitch-and-moan about wanting to be in a “cultured” place like New England when overly gentrified Berkeley and Oakland are an hour and a half away and San Francisco is another 30 minutes over the Bay Bridge.
Laurie Metcalf and Tracy Letts, who play Lady Bird’s parents Marion and Larry, do what they can to give their daughter a proper education in the wake of Larry losing his job in the early 2000s.
As amazing as the casting and cinematography are, the story is as bland as English food, even the score and soundtrack are as enthralling as televised golf. I am sure Gerwig will win for Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars and Ronan can get the upset victory over Frances McDormand’s performance in Three Billboards. Lady Bird has an audience, but it’s definitely not me.
Lady Bird comes to Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday, March 2, 2018
BLU-RAY AND DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
- Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Greta Gerwig and Cinematographer Sam Levy
- “Realizing Lady Bird” Featurette
- Overall Score
Beautiful yet boring, Lady Bird will win at least one award as the Oscars this Sunday.