Another list! But this list is sharing what I considered to be my favorite movies of the decade. They may not necessarily be “the best” but they are the ones that I still think about years later, or maybe they were “the best” lol. I decided to go by year. I’m not going to go through each movie, but I will choose my favorite from that year (if applicable) and give a quick reason why.
I friggin love this movie. I don’t think it’s the “best” movie of the year but it’s my favorite. The use of music, the comedy, the acting is all so much fun that I watch this movie whenever it came on television. I’ve read the graphic novel series (the film is a great adaptation of that by the way). This movie is a gem. If you’ve never seen it then you should watch it. If I come across it and I don’t have something in mind I’m about to watch, I’ll watch this lol.
Black Swan, Kick Ass, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, How to Train Your Dragon, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, The Karate Kid, Easy A
Top Film: We Need to Talk About Kevin
If you haven’t seen this film, just know it’s a very strange film lol. But I remember watching it and being like WTF is this movie and it’s amazingly good. The acting is fantastic, particularly from Ezra Miller as Kevin. Each version of this kid is literally evil lol. I just… it’s dark but it’s so good.
Bridesmaids, Chronicle, Drive, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2, X-men: First Class, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Crazy, Stupid, Love, Captain America: The First Avenger, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Top Films: Avengers & Perks of Being a Wallflower
Avengers is such a monumental film for superhero movies in general. It brought together characters we watched come to life and grow in other films and now we have them working together! It was great! It was so much fun, and it was clear that the MCU had a hit on their hands and it made me excited for what they were going to do next.
Perks of Being a Wallflower is a movie I wanted to see when it first came out, I ended up seeing it much later, but I loved it. The book is also phenomenal. It’s a coming of age story, set in the 90s and it’s beautifully acted by Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller (the movie I fell in love with him). The musical choices were great and to take a book written in letters and create a film that feels so raw and real, was so good. I really do love this movie. It’s emotional and I think anyone can find something in common with one of the main characters.
Beasts of the Southern Wild, ParaNorman, Rise of the Guardians, Django Unchained
Top Film: Fruitvale Station
I saw this movie years after it came out. It had such a heavy topic and I wasn’t sure if I was ready for it and I wasn’t but it’s amazing. It was ignored during Awards season which is ridiculous. Michael B. Jordan was amazing as Oscar Grant, even if the movie takes liberties with the story, the heart of what was happening was there. This young man was taken from his family and this is still relevant to this day. Ryan Coogler created a beautiful film and it also launched the friendship/movie partnership between Coogler and Jordan, which I’m excited to see what else they do.
12 Years a Slave, Frozen, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Croods, Mud, The Spectacular Now, Short Term 12, Dallas Buyers Club, The Wolf of Wall Street
2014 was a great year for movies!
Top Film: Captain America: Winter Soldier
Anyone who knows me knows that I love this movie and it’s my favorite and, in my opinion, the best MCU movie. It feels so different from the films that came before it. It was a spy movie wrapped in a super hero movie. There were major stakes. I always enjoyed Cap from the previous movies, but this movie is when I decided he was my favorite Avenger. His arc over the course of the movies really take a turn here even if his morals were never shaken. The action was amazing. Sebastian Stan as Bucky/Winter Soldier was delightfully tragic (also made me love Bucky to pieces, he’s not a villain and I understand Steve’s reasons in Civil War) I haven’t reviewed this movie but when I do my MCU marathon, I shall.
Birdman, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Guardians of the Galaxy, John Wick, Nightcrawler, Whiplash, Selma, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Edge of Tomorrow, Snowpiercer, Kingsman: The Secret Service
Top Film: Creed
This was hard because there wasn’t a lot of movies I loved, or that stuck with me this year. It came down to Room and Creed, but I chose Creed because I remember all the work, I put in just to watch it. I did a Rocky marathon, I managed to get pre-screening tickets to see it, I did some magazine contest or something. Then I saw it in the movies like three more times lol. I love this movie. I love Michael B. Jordan, I still feel like this movie got ignored a lot during awards season. Annoying. But I liked the journey that both Rocky and Donny go on in this film. I root for the relationship blooming with Donny and Bianca. I like the music choices. The fight scenes were both fantastic and I loved that Donny didn’t win at the end. Yes, I know it’s very much like Rocky in that it’s formulaic but when I watch it, I’m not thinking of the similarities, I’m thinking of the possibilities of what they could continue to do.
I believe my favorite film of this year at the time was La La Land and I don’t care, I loved it. But now that it’s been a little while, I recognize that I would much rather watch Zootopia (which was my number two film) and that Moonlight holds so much more weight.
Moonlight is a beautifully subtle film that goes through the life of this one young man. As a child, a teenager and a young man and we see him go through different things that help shape who he might choose to be later. Not to mention, there is a love story that stretches over two parts of his life and that’s handled without feeling to “try hard”. It’s beautiful. My favorite section is the “Chiron” part when he’s a teenager.
Zootopia is one of Disney’s best. It’s a cute animated, mystery adventure but at its center is a lot of reference to social issues. I’ve seen it many times and every time I watch it, I manage to catch something different each time. The voice cast is great, it’s funny, it’s colorful, kids can enjoy it and so can adults.
This was my favorite movie of the year even when I did my Top Movies list. I really loved this movie. I really felt like I was watching someone’s life instead of a movie. As always, Saoirse Ronan was great and her tumultuous relationship with her mother was hilarious and tragic at the same time. For a debut film, Greta Gerwig had a gem.
Call Me by Your Name, Baby Driver, Coco, Get Out, IT, Thor: Ragnarök, Logan, Split, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Wonder Woman, Your Name, John Wick: Chapter 2, Beauty and the Beast, Sleight, Girl’s Trip, My Friend Dahmer
Top Films: Black Panther & Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Black Panther- I mean, what can I say? It was amazing. It was my number 2 for 2018 but it’s still a monumental film. I mean, I felt every bit of this movie. The acting is amazing with the standout being Michael B. Jordan’s villainous Killmonger and Dain Gurira’s Okoye. The music, the costumes, the emotional story… this movie is amazing and for the ages!
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse- This is THE best Spider-Man film. The animation was unique and amazing. The characters were well written, well-acted and the message behind the story can touch anyone. It’s a bit of a coming of age story as well because Miles must really come into his own as a superhero, as someone who can trust himself be confident enough to embrace his new role. Not to mention, little kids can see themselves in Miles but especially little black and brown boys.
A Quiet Place, Avengers: Infinity War, Sorry to Bother You, The Hate U Give, Love Simon, Incredibles 2, Mission Impossible Fallout, Bumblebee,
Top Film: Aladdin
Obviously, this wasn’t my “best of the year” but it’s probably my favorite. I saw it fives time in the theaters, no shame, and I love it. I don’t care about any negative things about. I loved it lol. It’s a remake but I thought it had a lot of heart, the costumes were great, I loved the music, even the changes to some of the classic songs and Jasmine’s new song. I think it’s an easy movie to watch and have a good time.
Knives Out, Booksmart, Aladdin, Queen & Slim, Little Women, Shazam! Spider-Man: Far from Home
So! That’s my movie decade in review! Of course, these are my opinions and I just had to share the movies that made an impression in the last decade.
Please share your favorite movies from the decade in the comments below! I would love to read your choices!
Thanks for reading and thank you to all my followers. I really appreciate you guys and welcome to all the new followers! I hope I can give you a little something to look forward to.
So it’s that time again, where the Academy Awards season is upon us. The 90th Annual Oscars are going to be premiering on March 4, 2018 and I of course will be there front and center as always!
I haven’t seen everything yet, so I can’t really do any predictions but I do hope to see everything that’s nominated for the big stuff before the date.
I of course wanted to get in on reporting the nominations.
Below is the list of nominations!
“Call Me by Your Name” Fantastic Movie, I was enthralled the entire time.
“Get Out” Great movie, with suspense, great acting and directing.
“Lady Bird” Such a realistic view on the relationships between mothers and daughters, and growing into womanhood.
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name” He was very good. An enigmatic innocence about him.
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out” Very good. You rooted for him, and you felt his fear when he started to fall into the weird world.
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”
Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird” She’s always good, and she was great here. Her character is very interesting and feels like a real teenager trying to navigate the transition into adulthood.
Meryl Streep, “The Post”
Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”
Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird” Andy’s mom!! lol I’m kidding. She’s also great. She has great chemistry with Ronan and her character is a bit sad in her own way. You might understand her but at the same time dislike her.
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”
“Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan
“Get Out,” Jordan Peele Definitely a strong debut!
“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig Another strong debut!
“Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro
“The Boss Baby,” Tom McGrath, Ramsey Ann Naito
“The Breadwinner,” Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo
“Coco,” Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson Beautiful beautiful film… it’s gonna win.
“Ferdinand,” Carlos Saldanha
“Loving Vincent,” Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Sean Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart, Hugh Welchman
“Dear Basketball,” Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant
“Garden Party,” Victor Caire, Gabriel Grapperon
“Lou,” Dave Mullins, Dana Murray
“Negative Space,” Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata
“Revolting Rhymes,” Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer
“Call Me by Your Name,” James Ivory
“The Disaster Artist,” Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
“Logan,” Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green
“Molly’s Game,” Aaron Sorkin
“Mudbound,” Virgil Williams and Dee Rees
“The Big Sick,” Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
“Get Out,” Jordan Peele
“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig
“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Martin McDonagh
“Blade Runner 2049,” Roger Deakins
“Darkest Hour,” Bruno Delbonnel
“Dunkirk,” Hoyte van Hoytema
“Mudbound,” Rachel Morrison
“The Shape of Water,” Dan Laustsen
Best Documentary Feature:
“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” Steve James, Mark Mitten, Julie Goldman
“Faces Places,” JR, Agnès Varda, Rosalie Varda
“Icarus,” Bryan Fogel, Dan Cogan
“Last Men in Aleppo,” Feras Fayyad, Kareem Abeed, Soren Steen Jepersen
“Strong Island,” Yance Ford, Joslyn Barnes
Best Documentary Short Subject:
“Edith+Eddie,” Laura Checkoway, Thomas Lee Wright
“Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405,” Frank Stiefel
“Heroin(e),” Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Kerrin Sheldon
“Knife Skills,” Thomas Lennon
“Traffic Stop,” Kate Davis, David Heilbroner
Best Live Action Short Film:
“DeKalb Elementary,” Reed Van Dyk
“The Eleven O’Clock,” Derin Seale, Josh Lawson
“My Nephew Emmett,” Kevin Wilson, Jr.
“The Silent Child,” Chris Overton, Rachel Shenton
“Watu Wote/All of Us,” Katja Benrath, Tobias Rosen
Best Foreign Language Film:
“A Fantastic Woman” (Chile)
“The Insult” (Lebanon)
“On Body and Soul (Hungary)
“The Square” (Sweden)
“Baby Driver,” Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss
“Dunkirk,” Lee Smith
“I, Tonya,” Tatiana S. Riegel
“The Shape of Water,” Sidney Wolinsky
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Jon Gregory
“Baby Driver,” Julian Slater
“Blade Runner 2049,” Mark Mangini, Theo Green
“Dunkirk,” Alex Gibson, Richard King
“The Shape of Water,” Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Ren Klyce, Matthew Wood
“Baby Driver,” Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin
“Blade Runner 2049,” Mac Ruth, Ron Bartlett, Doug Hephill
“Dunkirk,” Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo
“The Shape of Water,” Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Stuart Wilson, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick
“Beauty and the Beast,” Sarah Greenwood; Katie Spencer
“Blade Runner 2049,” Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola
“Darkest Hour,” Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
“Dunkirk,” Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis
“The Shape of Water,” Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau
“Dunkirk,” Hans Zimmer
“Phantom Thread,” Jonny Greenwood
“The Shape of Water,” Alexandre Desplat
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” John Williams
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Carter Burwell
“Mighty River” from “Mudbound,” Mary J. Blige
“Mystery of Love” from “Call Me by Your Name,” Sufjan Stevens
“Remember Me” from “Coco,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez
“Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall,” Diane Warren, Common
“This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
Makeup and Hair:
“Darkest Hour,” Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick
“Victoria and Abdul,” Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard
“Wonder,” Arjen Tuiten The makeup was really good for Auggie.
“Beauty and the Beast,” Jacqueline Durran Would not be surprised if this wins because say what you want about her yellow dress, the costumes in this movie are beautiful. The attention to detail is amazing.
“Darkest Hour,” Jacqueline Durran
“Phantom Thread,” Mark Bridges
“The Shape of Water,” Luis Sequeira
“Victoria and Abdul,” Consolata Boyle
“Blade Runner 2049,” John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick
“Kong: Skull Island,” Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, Mike Meinardus
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould, Neal Scanlan
“War for the Planet of the Apes,” Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Joel Whist
So 2017 has ended… which means it’s time for the “Best of the Year” to be revealed. So many movies, and going back through, I watched a lot but I also feel like I missed a lot. Hopefully, I do better in 2018 with actually watching the movies I actually WANTED TO SEE IN THE FIRST PLACE! But this post will have a few treats for you.
First, I’m going to name a few honorable mentions that I heard were good but I didn’t see. I may see them before the 2018 Oscars, but I haven’t seen them as of this list.
Best Movies I Didn’t See (But wanted to):
War of the Planet of the Apes, Okja, Dunkirk, Lady Macbeth, The Breadwinner, The Shape of Water, Wind River, Your Name., Detroit, Mudbound, Marshall, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, All the Money in the World, I, Tonya, Molly Game’s, Blade Runner: 2049 (this one I won’t watch until I see the first one).
These next few movies were ones that I saw and loved, or really liked but they didn’t quite make the list. This does not mean they’re not as good as the ones actually on my list, it just means that they didn’t make it into the top 10. Click the titles and you can see my reviews for the movie.
Now without further ado, these are the movies that are my favorite of the year. This is my personal opinion and I’m sure everyone is not going to agree with me, but that’s okay. These movies were the ones that made a lasting impact on me and that I would consider my favorites and the best of the year. I reviewed all of the movies posted, so click the title and you can check out the reviews!
My Top 12 Best Movies of the Year:
I was gonna do just ten but then I forgot I saw Logan, and then I watched Call Me By Your Name and it was already hard enough to pick my list, so I decided to do 12. It’s my list. lol.
Now, I don’t think this movie is like the best thing ever, but I was so shocked while I watched it that I couldn’t stop talking about it after. Movies that I might consider the best, will also be movies that affected me in a way that I can’t stop thinking about it. Jacob Lattimore was fantastic here, and I think he has a bright future ahead of him. The story is one we’ve seen before, but it has combined elements that make it unique. I think it’s a great watch. I really enjoyed it!
This is a monumental movie for everyone. Seeing a female lead comic book movie, where the character is handled so well that she can stand on her, now that’s something special. Gal Gadot was very good as Diana, she had innocence, but she was strong and it was so cool watching the fight scenes. Chris Pine also stood out as Steve Trevor, he wasn’t just a love interest, he was a strong character who stood on his own as well. This movie is special and it was great watching it. The scene in No Man’s Land and in the little city were probably the best scenes in this film. Fantastic. It was also great seeing so many women kick ass on Themyscira.
I had a lot of expectations to see Tom Holland take on this role in his own movie. In the 20 minutes that he was in Civil War, he was great and I was convinced. Seeing this movie, was like watching the animated cartoon or reading some of the comics. While I like the other two actors who have played this role, I think Holland manages to encapsulate the role with perfect balance of being both Peter and Spider-Man. This movie is also not about his origins, but more along the lines of how he became the hero we recognize. He is also a kid, so there is an innocence about him as well. Michael Keaton is also a great villain, he was an every man but he was scary. I very much enjoyed watching this movie and I can’t wait to see where they continue to go with this young character.
I love James McAvoy, he is such a great actor. He plays five different characters that we actually see in this movie. Technically, I would have loved to see him play all of the personalities but I’ll take what I can get. There is a “twist” involved, and without the twist, it’s a fantastic movie, and I know for some, the twist will make or break the movie. The story is also very interesting in how it’s handled. Great movie.
A surprising movie that doesn’t make fun of the worst movie in the world, but tells the story behind that movie. It could have easily been a parody of Tommy Wiseau and The Room, but instead it talks about life in Hollywood, and how hard it is to make it out there. It’s funny for everyone, especially those who enjoy the spectacle of the movie it talks about. This is probably James Franco’s best acting, he’s so natural and it’s obvious that he’s having so much fun in this role but he also keeps it from bordering on the “ridiculous” but instead the human.
The best of the Thor franchise. It took a chance to not only have a serious nature, but to balance the comedic side of the Thor character. It allowed Chris Hemsworth to show that not only is he an actor star as this character, but that he is funny. We were introduced to Valkyrie who was great, Loki and Bruce Banner return as good and interesting characters. This is the first time we truly see Hulk living in the spotlight, even talking and having conversations. It’s big, it’s colorful and bold. This movie is a lot of fun and the music… oh man. Definitely the best of the Thor trilogy.
I almost forgot about this, but this is the Wolverine movie we all wanted. It was great to see Hugh Jackman’s swan song in this role. It was Rated R, brutal, beautiful and emotional. I cried watching this movie. Not only was Hugh Jackman the best he’s been in this role, but Patrick Stewart, who also has been Professor Xavier for the same amount of time, was also the best he’s been in his role. Dafne Keene, was X-23 was a standout and I hope she goes on to do great things. It was sad to see him go but Logan is a movie that is the bow to a great character.
5. Call Me By Your Name
I just watched this movie and my entire list imploded. This movie IS SO GOOD. Armie Hammer is definitely a standout in it, but Timothee Chalamet was also very good. The relationship that blossoms in this film, happens very organically, and it does touch on how it is to experience love for the first time. It was very realistic. I was glued to the screen. So good.
A very surprising movie, taking a very interesting look at how black people are viewed. It does have a lot of interesting things to say, especially in the first two thirds of the film, and while I had my problems with the third act, I think this movie had some great acting, great direction by first time director Jordan Peele. and the imagery says a lot. This is definitely an experience that should be enjoyed by movie goers.
I do not generally like scary movies, but this movie is fantastic and I had a great time watching it. The acting from the young actors is so good, that I cannot wait to see what else they do, the story is great and while it was scary to me, I enjoyed how the fears played into the character growth of the young people. I can’t wait for Chapter 2.
Pixar has done it again. A movie that celebrates a culture and family. Coco is an emotional roller coaster of a movie in which things are discovered, earned and lost. I cried watching this movie, the music is mostly memorable but the singing is all great.
This movie felt like I was watching someone’s life. It felt so real and like a documentary that it can relate to anyone’s relationship with their mother. Now, I’m sure that everyone doesn’t have an exact copy of this relationship between mother and daughter, but there are parts that relate. An extraordinary movie, with fantastic acting.
I hope you enjoyed this list. Please let me know what you thought were some of the best movies of the year were down below!
Summary: In the early 2000s, an artistically inclined seventeen year-old comes of age in Sacramento, California.
Cast and Characters. I think this movie is filled with colorful characters. I think all of the cast is very good in this movie. I can’t say much about the characters without giving the movie away so I’ll do my best.
Saoirse Ronan as Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson. I always have to look up to see how old Saoirse Ronan is because I swear she’s been around forever but she’s only 23. She calls herself Lady Bird, and she’s a senior at a Catholic school. She wants to leave Sacramento and go to school on the East Coast. I wouldn’t say she’s particularly cynical but she does give off that feeling but at the same time, she feels like a dreamer. It’s interesting really, and it makes sense as she’s a teenager. LB deals with boys, with the whole thing of growing up, getting a job, learning about adulthood from her parents, and having to figure it out on her own. She is a strong and realistic character. I think Saoirse Ronan was great! Her delivery of this dialogue is perfect, she’s really funny but she’s also so emotional. Wow. The look from her eyes alone that shows she’s angry, or sad… the airport scene… watching her eyes was fantastic. She’s great.
Laurie Metcalf as Marion McPherson. First of all, she’s ANDY’S MOM FROM TOY STORY! I knew she sounded familiar. But she has a lot going on. She works in a clinic I believe, and she also works over the finances as she’s always talking about it. Marion seems to be unhappy with a lot and she’s a bit mean and negative towards her family, “bit” is an overstatement. Maybe she didn’t have a great life growing up, she does reference some of her history, which I think says a lot about how she is as an adult. I think Laurie Metcalf was great, she is sympathetic but at the same time you kind of want to hate her and you just might but it feels realistic.
Lucas Hedges as Danny O’Neill. Danny is a student at Lady Bird’s school and Lady Bird first sees him at his audition for the school musical. She is immediately drawn to him. He is a good kid. He’s a bit… I don’t know, odd? But he’s sweet. He and Lady Bird have a relationship and he’s so happy… but he has his own problems that causes some issues but I think for this time period, his reaction was realistic. I remember Lucas Hedges in Manchester by the Sea and I thought he was great in that film and while his role is a small one, I think he plays Danny to be quite memorable. His first scene with Lady Bird alone was a great scene.
Beanie Feldstein as Julianne “Julie” Steffans. Julie is Lady Bird’s best friend, she seems to be the “happy” friend compared to Lady Bird who is a bit more… all over the place. She is smart and talented where she gets a lot of recognition and it creates some interesting conversations. I thought she was sweet and of course like a lot of coming of age movies, she does get pushed to the back burner by her best friend but she’s a true friend. I’ve never seen Beanie Feldstein in anything, but she’s likable in her role and she even has some emotional moments where you understand it from her viewpoint.
Tracy Letts as Larry McPherson. Lady Bird’s father. He’s a bit closer to her than her mom is. He works with her on her secrets, with secrets of his own, but he’s supportive for the most part. He has great fatherly moments with Lady Bird.
Timothee Chalamet as Kyle Scheible. LB first sees him while he’s performing with his band, well at least this is the first time she looks at him and think he’s cute. He’s that mysterious type, plays an instrument, reads a lot (I think the same book though), and always talking about how he’s against the system etc. He’s a cutie and it’s easy to see where his role goes with LB. The young actor though is good in his role.
There are many other characters as well, a lot of students that Lady Bird comes into contact with, most especially Odeya Rush as Jenna Walton and the professors such as Jake McDorman as Mr. Bruno, Stephen Henderson as Father Leviatch, and Lois Smith as Sister Sarah Joan. All of the acting is top-notch.
The Music. Jon Brion composes the music in this film and I think it has a subtle beauty to it. The film is set in the early 2000s, I think 2002, and the music fits. There’s even a bit of Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me A River” during a party. But during emotional points, the music is very emotional and soft. I also love how towards the end, it swells but it doesn’t overpower the film.
The Time Period. This film is very much a coming of age film and I think it works so perfectly in this time period. It has this perfect balance of feeling “dated” but also feeling “fresh” and “up to date”. It’s easy to tell that it’s not a film set in the present but the issues swirling in this movie, with the family, within Lady Bird herself, is timeless. It has a timeless feel to it which just fits the movie.
The Story. This is at its core a “coming of age” story and it’s beautiful. Christine calls herself “Lady Bird” and she is determined for people to call her that as well. She has a strained relationship with her parents, her relationship with her father is stronger than the other with her mother but it’s easy to tell that there is a bit of strain there too. But it’s the relationship between Lady Bird and her mom where this film really gets involved. The entire family seems to have strain. Lady Bird has her father drop her off a block from school, she argues constantly with her brother (who I’m assuming is adopted), and her relationship with her mother is a roller coaster where at times they seem to get along but then someone says something and it turns into an argument. A perfect example of this is the scene in the thrift shop with how they’re arguing and it immediately switches to them agreeing. It was great. The film also deals with Lady Bird’s want to go to college away from home, far away and her struggle with how to deal with that. She has a best friend in Julie and it seems that they have a hiccup as well. There are also boys. This film hits every note really and it does it in a way that doesn’t feel cliché but has a natural flow. It shows that scariness of leaving childhood and going into adulthood.
Quirky/Great Dialogue. This is definitely a quirky movie. The dialogue is smart, funny but it’s not over the top. The situations are the same, everything that happens feel like it could happen and I’m sure have happened to some people. Lady Bird’s problems are things that teenagers have to face growing up, but the movie doesn’t make her look overly stupid, overly emotional or make it “too smart” where some people can’t enjoy it. It kind of has a Wes Anderson feel sometimes but this is Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut and she also wrote the film. It’s great. The movie also has great dialogue. You know how there are times when stories written for teenagers make them sound older than what they are, make them sound pretentious or they’re trying to sound quirky? This movie doesn’t do that. The dialogue is funny, is holds weight and it’s just so good.
The Emotional Weight. This movie is emotional, but it’s not “hit you over the head” emotional nor does it feel like I’m being manipulated into being emotional. Anyone could pick a plot point out of the movie and connect with it. This movie had me in tears throughout. It wasn’t consistently emotional but there were many times where I just sat there in tears. Every scene with her mother is emotional in some way but there are three or four scenes in particular that I thought were the best scenes in the movie.
The Prom Dress Scene. Just the conversation between Lady Bird and her mom while shopping for a wedding dress. I think many daughters and mother’s have this conversation and it’s very interesting to see just how negative her mom is or can be, even without trying to.
The Kitchen Scene. This happens before the airport scene but Lady’s Bird mom finds out about something and Lady Bird is talking to her in the kitchen and it’s a lot. It’s a beautiful, gut-punching, heart wrenching scene.
The Airport Scene. This scene is mostly quiet, it’s just Lady Bird, her mom and dad drying in the car and her mom is not speaking to her after a decision Lady Bird made. So I won’t go any further, but seeing the emotions on Lady Bird’s face when she sees that her mother won’t even look at her, and then later the emotions that move across her mother’s face. Oh man, I was in tears.
The Ending. It’s literally like a narration and some quiet scenes… beautiful.
Random Side Plots. There isn’t a lot of this going on but one most notably, I thought was weird, but it doesn’t affect the movie really, I just wanted to comment on it, was that there is a storyline with Father Leviatch and we don’t really know what’s going on and I think that’s fine. But later, there’s a scene between him and Mrs. McPherson that I thought was random as nothing happens afterwards. We never hear about it again and I just thought it was strange that it was even in the movie.
Overall, I loved this movie. It’s perfect. I don’t have any problem with it minus that one thing that doesn’t affect the movie at all. I think all of the acting is superb by everyone in this movie, even the supporting (minor) characters. Saoirse Ronan is a strong lead in this film and her mother Laurie Metcalf is fantastic right alongside her. The music fits the film with its subtle nature, the story line is a true story, that doesn’t try to be more than what it is, but it also feels authentic and real. This movie is fantastic.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
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