It’s exciting (and a little sad) to think of how much good territory there still is to cover in genre films, simply by seeing these stories through the eyes of different storytellers (and by extension, different protagonists.) I personally feel ‘Get Out’/horror was the best example this awards season, but ‘Lady Bird’/coming of age is a fresh take in its own way too.
A California teenager butts heads with their parents (and everyone else). They take their first real steps into love and sex. We’ve been seeing this genre since…’Rebel Without a Cause’ right? And yet, off the top of my head…I can’t tell you when was the last time (if ever) I’ve seen it told through the eyes of a teenage girl.
Saoirse Ronan is the real deal if you didn’t know. She NAILS the accent, she nails all the insecurities of the teenage years, she’s carrying movies and I don’t think she’s 25 yet? And Laurie Metcalf carries her share of what’s essentially a ‘two-hander’; probably a little harder on her daughter than necessary, but with good intentions. The working title of this was evidently ‘Mothers and Daughters’; that may not be as marketable, but it’s definitely a perfect fit.