Film Review: Little Women (2019)

Revived with an enchanting cast is Louisa May Alcott’s, Little Women.

Little Women

The Synopsis
It’s Christmas and the March sisters, Meg (Emma Watson), Jo (Saoirse Ronan), Amy (Florence Pugh) and Beth (Eliza Scanlen) have no presents and are without their father who is away helping during the war American Civil War. However, the girls are determined to rise above their own individual childish faults and follies.

Jo has her writing, and keeps the family full of laughter with the plays she scribes for she and her sisters to perform. But the the foursome soon become five when they invite their lonely neighbour Laurie (Timothée Chalamet) to be their friend, and he and Jo form an instant bond.

The year ahead has its difficulties and in many ways prepares them for their lives to come, as Jo realises they will soon be forced to leave childhood behind. Told over the span of approximately seven years, we follow the highs, lows and growing maturities of the March sisters.

Little Women

What my cinema companion said:
You just wouldn’t forgive her for that because you’re stubborn. Anyway I really really liked that, my baby Timothée Chalamet!

The Good
Depicting both the novel Little Women and Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott, (either two separate, or one large book depending on your copy) I think the movie did a fantastic job of weaving both stories and their consisting plots and character progressions, as well as its own additions into its 135 minute running time.

One of my favourite ensemble casts of the year made up by the Actresses who played the March sisters. Not only did they do a superb job of playing both young, wild and slightly naive children, only to switch it up and be slightly older, more refined and wise versions of themselves, but when they were together you would almost believe they were the best of friends on a level that transcended the movie. This made their sisterhood all the more easy to buy into.

As you might be aware at this point I really don’t like being spoon fed information, and so I was grateful that aside from one on screen text which displayed the words “Seven Years Earlier” we, as the audience are left to figure out at which points in time the story was being told. This might be hard to follow for some, and even I was left occasionally questioning where we were in time for a few seconds at the turn of a new scene. However considering how much flexibility the director Greta Gerwig applied to the timeline, having so many markers would have been irritating.

Little Women

The Bad
In all honesty I don’t have a bad word to really say about the movie. I mean I’ll think of something for objectivity purposes but… this movie kind of rocked.

As there was a lot to fit into the movie, certain scenes did feel a little shorter than average. At times this did feel as if particular emotions towards transpiring events didn’t have the time to grow before we were whisked along to our next stop in the March Sisters’s Museum of Life.

Little Women

The Conclusion
A beautifully told story that compresses an amazing work of literature to what I would call its equal in film.

Greta Gerwig and the incredible cast as a whole did a fantastic job of bringing Little Women to life, and even I am surprised to find that I enjoyed it as much as I did, considering when it comes to period dramas and adaptations I tend to be an unswayable Austen girl. However don’t be surprised to find me adding this rendition of Little Women to my re-watch list, moving forward.

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