I will admit that my only experience of Little Women before this was the fact the 1994 version is a favorite of my wife’s. So, while I went into this with an open mind, she and I am sure other fans went into this with some pretty hefty expectations. For what is a period drama, Little Women is a very interesting tale and one that I found myself pretty into.
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The Movie Review
The movie is about the March family, more specifically the sisters, Jo, Amy, Meg, and Beth. There is some great talent here with Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, and Eliza Scanlen playing the March sisters. You also have Laura Dern playing the role of Marmee March. Add to this a stellar supporting cast and you have a ton of talented actors in this.
Greta Gerwig is the writer and director and she did a great job bringing this classic back to the big screen. The movie is set during the period after the Civil War, but it kind of jumps back and forth. I thought this was done really well and was a great way of showing you characters as they are now, but also giving you reasons as to why some things are the way that they are.
The movie looks fantastic. I would wager that the cast and the crew as well had a great time getting to wear these costumes and strut around these fantastic sets. The gist of the story is that one of the sisters, Beth becomes ill and this brings them all back together and they start to talk about their lives, past, and present.
Ok, I will admit that going into this I was not really expecting much at all. However, the storytelling here is so well done that I did actually care about a few of the characters. The movie clocks in a little over the two-hour mark, but I thought it flew by. My wife had some things to say about the ending, but as someone new to this story I thought it was fine.
As I said, my wife and from what I have read some others have mixed feelings on the way the movie comes to an end. For me, it was fine and a good closing to the story. It all made sense and I really wanted the girls to be happy in their life which is a testament to the storytelling and the performances of the actors.
I find a movie like Little Women kind of hard to talk about. Not because it is a bad movie, far from it. It is because the movie is what it is. It is a very interesting story about interesting characters who you want to see happy. While I enjoyed the movie as someone new to this story, I must admit that I do not think it is the kind of movie I would watch again.