|Lady Bird and her mother in "Lady Bird"|
On Friday, I went to see "Lady Bird" written and directed by Greta Gerwig.
I tell you my friends that it is very nice to see a film that does not involve killing, detectives, car chases or any of the other typical ingredients of what usually constitutes modern day film entertainment.
"Lady Bird" is about ordinary life. In my view, this is the most fertile ground for film drama that truly resonates and impacts upon ordinary observers. We don't need superheroes or shoot-outs, science fiction fantasies or ultra-drama. Ordinary life is enough.
Set in the suburbs of Sacramento, the film creates a powerful sense of Christine McPherson's community. She is a belligerent and rather wacky high school student with dreams. She even creates a new name for herself - Lady Bird.
Played by the brilliant Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird has a warring relationship with her mother Marion played by Laurie Metcalf. Marion is a psychiatric nurse who often works double shifts just to keep the family afloat. They live on the wrong side of the railway track.
It is a "coming of age" film with many funny and tender moments. Lady Bird ends up at college in New York and comes to realise how much she really values the life she has left behind in Sacramento.
Some film reviewers believe that "Lady Bird" has a real chance of getting the "best film" award at tonight's Oscars ceremony in Hollywood and if it does achieve that glory, I for one will not complain though I think that "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri" is better.