Sure, we could have seen Geostorm, but with a 14% Rotten Tomatoes score.....and the fact that it was a disaster movie...it wasn't on my top 143 movies to see.
Due to timing, dinner and the fact I didn't want to pay to see Johnny Depp pretend he was anywhere in the same league as Judi Dench, we opted for Lady Bird.
It was an odd night. The indie theater is usually packed with lines out the doors. There were zero people in the lobby when we got there. No one in line for tickets, sno-caps or popcorn. ....and not one person in the poopery.
As it would turn out, for some inexplicable reason, Lady Bird was showing at the two largest screens in the place. They have never shown the same movie in different rooms. I figured it must be VERY good and packed. ....I think we had two dozen people in our theater. 19:00 on a Friday. We were perplexed. Per cinaplexed, as it were.
On paper, Greta Gerwig's directorial debut (she wrote it too, but not her debut as a screenwriter) seemingly had all the right elements. She has the indie cred (though I think I've only seen her for two non-sequential minutes in Jackie and one Arcade Fire video, where she looks just like "Pam" from the Office). The movie stars the always great Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf. Lucas Hedges, the teen from Manchester by the Sea also appears.
What could not work?
With a 100% (!!!) Rotten Tomatoes score and a 94 from Metacritic, I'd assume the story would be a good one, or at least an original one. The coming of age story that has all the requisite components of many John Hughes movies: wrong side of the tracks; wanting to hang with the popular kids; wanting to be boyfriends with the cool/popular boy; abandoning your one true friend. .....and yes, prom.
Along with that, you get the contentious relationship between mother and daughter, all that is wrapped up in three lines of dialogue between Ronan's Lady Bird and a nun.
I will say this, I did like the performances by Hedges and Lady Bird's friend, Julie (Beanie Feldstein).
Of course, I thought it was just me feeling this way, but 710 had the same reaction.
It will be tough to halfway meet this year's goal, but I still want to see Three Billboards, the Last Jedi and Phantom Thread. Currently, that still leaves us two short. ....and only six weeks to go.
2017 Movie Count / Goal: 07 of 24
Song by: Tears for Fears