Every day should be a celebration of mothers, but with the day coming just around the corner, one way to celebrate is to treat your mom to a movie date one, two or even more days out of the month.
Two of the features for the month of May at the Camana Bay Cinema are centred around the relationship between a mother and daughter, exploring the good, the bad and the ugly of the dynamic.
The first is the multiple Oscar-nominated “Lady Bird,” which is actress and writer (and now director) Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut. The story focuses on the titular character as she begins her journey to find freedom outside of her all-girls Catholic high school in Sacramento, California.
Lady Bird believes herself to be dissimilar to all of her peers and is deeply misunderstood by most of her elders. The dyed red hair is an affectation of her rebellious ways; the bright pink cast on her forearm, a byproduct of her impulsive tendencies. On the outside, she is an anarchist. In actuality, she is just like most other 18-year-olds trying to find their place in the world as they find themselves between angst-ridden adolescence and responsibility-demanding adulthood.
Struggling to gain acceptance from colleges is the least of her problems; what she desires most is acceptance from her mother. It’s a story about life-lasting friendships, intense romantic crushes and messy heartbreaks. It’s about life, and it’s easy to identify with no matter who you are. You can watch it just in time for Mother’s Day, on May 11.
While getting sent off to college by your mother is one thing, having her enrol in your school and classes is something few of us have had the good fortune of experiencing. The following week, on May 18, catch the newest Melissa McCarthy-written and -led comedy, “Life of the Party.” While perhaps not as easy to relate to, if you want to see a mother-daughter relationship unravel through a more traditionally lighthearted comedic lens, it’s sure to bring laughter.
KIDS CLUB AND CLASSICS AT THE CINEMA
For the kids, little and big alike, this month’s features include “March of the Penguins” playing May 5; “Hotel for Dogs” on May 12; “Frozen” on May 19; and “The Lego Movie” on May 26.
This month’s classic offerings include 1967’s true crime adaptation “Bonnie and Clyde,” starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, playing May 8. See the world through Prince Akeem’s eyes in 1988’s “Coming to America,” starring Eddie Murphy, and playing May 15. Other classics include 1969’s “The Italian Job,” playing May 1; 1942’s “Holiday Inn,” playing May 22; and 1999’s “The Matrix,” playing May 29.