The little indi movie with the big voice shot in Sacramento* broke wide last weekend expanding to nearly 900 theaters in the US and Canada.
I was interested in Ladybird before I knew what it was. I assumed it was a movie about the former first lady, Ladybird Johnson.
I’ve seen the movie twice. Once with a fellow babyboomer and again last Tuesday with five girls who ranged in age , from 17 to 23. With the one exception everyone has seen the movie before, one girl has seen the movie five times.
It was interesting seeing the movie from their perspective. Initially I thought the appeal was seeing their hometown, but as I listened to their comments and reactions it was very interesting. the some of the scenes resonated with each lady differently. There was one scene that moved all of us. It happened at Terminal A. Some of the ladies prepared themselves for the scene. But I was the most surprised by my reaction. Our entire row was a lake of tears, five girls and the giant. Thankfully they had ample tissue.
Some of the girls want to see again next Tuesday. I didn’t commit although they “DO” have the snacks.
- It’s a good thing it’s an independent film. This coming of age film, is honest, and extremely intelligent, The big studios would have ruined this gem, by adding cliques and touches to appeal to the masses.
- Who in the Hell is Saoirse Ronan. She is a fucking force as Ladybird. The 23 year old has been nominated twice. A Best Supporting Actress nominee for Atonement, and a Best Actress nominee for Brooklyn. Critics believe she is a shoo in for Ladybird.
- Speaking of Buzz there is Oscar buzz for Laurie Metcalf in what some are saying is her role of a lifetime as Ladybirds, hypercritical mother. Her role is complex, she isn’t a monster, I believe Ladybird gives her oxygen even though she is carrying the entire world on her shoulders .
- This movie is the best reviewed movie of 2017. Don’t take my word for it. Simply Google “Ladybird” the movie. The life force behind the movie is first time writer director and former Sacramento resident Greta Gerwig! There isn’t a villain here (sorry Hollywood) simply regular people.
- Sucks to be Greta Gerwig, hitting a home run the first time at bat. Expectations for the next film will be high. There is a small part of me that she would use Sacramento in all her future films like Woody Allen who uses New York as his back drop.