In one of the best scenes of the film, when Lady Bird’s mother (Laurie Metcalf) tells her daughter “I want you to be the very best version of yourself”, Christine ‘Lady Bird’ (Saoirse Ronan) immediately replies “What if this is the best version!”. Unfortunately, the version that the film Lady Bird ends up as, is not impactful enough and does not stay with you.
The film does have its mother daughter moments here are there, there are certain emotions that will touch a chord of your growing up years in some ways, but overall it stays rather flat, uninteresting and sometimes incoherent as well. There is also lack of good humor and that does not help the dry proceedings on screen.
At the end of the day, its a personal story and hence it will possibly only work when you make that personal connect with the situations and the raw emotions. Which did not happen for me. And much of it has to do with the writing and the script and the direction because performance wise, both Ronan and Metcalf put up a strong show with the material they get.
Eventually, one just walks out of the theater wondering where is all the Oscar love coming from. Is it Academy’s gesture to honor diversity especially in this year to stay politically correct? There are no answers.