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Lady Bird - Barney's Incorrect Five Second Reviews
Wow. Where did this come from? I honestly walked into this thinking this was an early biopic of Lady Bird Johnson. Last year around this time, i cluelessly walked into Moonlight expecting something completely different as well. I think this must be the very best way to walk into a movie because this is twice that i've been totally blown away.
It's similar in some ways to last year's Edge of Seventeen except instead of just supplying the ups, this one also gets into the downs really effectively. In fact, depression is explored on many levels on how it affects those around it. There are a couple of highly impactful dramatic moments in this movie that really surprised me. One behind a cafe that I was not expecting at all. Amazing and could be this year's "Manchester" moment.
The performances are completely off the scale here. Ronan is perfect as always, but the supporting cast around her really rose to the occasion. Laurie Metcalf will make you wonder why she didn't elevate above Roseanne after all this years. Very strong performance. The father, Tracy Letts, really impressed me and made me wonder if they approached David Letterman for the role perhaps.
Honestly, the movie is just a total joy and it's worth seeing if only to see a football coach try to direct a school play. I want to rewatch that scene with the volume way up over and over and over again.
I'm having trouble accepting that this is a directorial debut. It's brilliant, and some of the shots are deeply affecting. There's so much going on in the wings of this movie too, this one shot of a disappointed theatre director looking at the reactions of people leaving.... that stuck with me and it wasn't even the focus of the scene at all.
This totally blew me away.
Heart Rating: 5 stars (it's perfect and will pull you in all sorts of directions)
Brain rating: 4.5 stars
Lucas Hedges from Manchester was great, but Timothée Chalamet was hilarious (the bartering line was a standout).
I want this movie to drown in awards. Fantastic.
The way Chalamet was filmed differently when he was a crush to later... it’s amazing that she thought of doing that.
How many movies get nominated for Best Picture now? If it’s still more than five then I think it’ll get nominated but that’s it. I don’t think it’ll win anything . I hope I’m wrong. I think it’s my favourite of the year so far.
I've been thinking a lot about it today still. It might be one of the best movies I've ever seen. I really like movies in this genre I think (like Boyhood).
Black Barney wrote: I honestly walked into this thinking this was an early biopic of Lady Bird Johnson.
And yet you did so willingly and deliberately...
Side note: I think Edge of Seventeen did get into some things that were more serious, but I can see where this is heavier (still with some levity, though).
In a lot of ways, it feels like a sort of prequel to Frances Ha, but Lady Bird is more goal-oriented.
I agree that it will get tons of nominations, but I think only Metcaff has a shot at winning.
I'm dying for you to see it, Grud.
Edge of Seventeen was a 9.5 for me after two watches. Lady Bird is a 7.5, and I probably won't watch it again.
For me in Edge of Seventeen (which I loved), I only cared about the main character (and what a character it was). But in Lady Bird, I got strongly affected and in deep with the first play director, with the father, with her first boyfriend... all these sub characters had really deep stories too that I fell right into. I was just pulled all sorts of ways. A real trip for me. Lots of impact.
Also compare how both characters in both movies fall for the same type of guy (the bassist in Lady Birds case)... it felt much more real and more easily identifiable with Lady Bird. They really developed the evolution of that crash, and the fall, really well.
I wonder if it’s something about this actress and the movies she’s in, because while I find her endearing, I felt the same way about Brooklyn from two years ago; it’s fine and good and nice, but not as fantastic as the hype about it.