How does it feel to grow up? “Ladybird” is an answer.
Living in Sacramento, California, Christine has to deal with all the ups and downs of growing up. The cast consists of Saoirse Ronan as the eponymous Ladybird, Timothée Chalamet as Kyle, Beanie Feldstein as Julie, Lucas Hedges as Danny and Laurie Metcalf and Tracy Letts as Christine’s parents.
Love, school, family and much more. We all know it and have been through it. That’s why the film left me touched. I always had a favour for films that present me a realistic Coming-of-Age story where I can relate to the protagonist and remember back on similar situations I’ve experienced. Ladybird showed me such moments. And even though Christine is the only main character, we get to see her parents’ troubles and challenges in this time of her life as well. Especially her parents are very reliable written and let us imagine how it could be to have a daughter ourselves.
Beyond that, “Ladybird” is funny. After all, it is not only a drama but also a comedy film. Going back to Coming-of-Age I often caught myself smiling due to realistic portrayed situations of a teenager life although I thought that some were a little exaggerated but yet I need to say that I’m not a girl and can’t identify with all her female reactions and thoughts.
Besides, I only found a few points I didn’t like. Due to its run time of 135 minutes the film contains a lot of short scenes and sometimes jumps from scene to scene to be able to include everything it needs which you might like, I didn’t. Further, due to the run time, Christine’s best friend Julie doesn’t get as much depth as I would’ve wanted. She was a pretty interesting character with one scene in particular that made her far more interesting than the film tells us about her problems and trials.
Anyway, “Ladybird” is a pretty good film which I can recommend to everyone who likes Coming-of-Age stories and who wants to relive some moments of his/her youth.