Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’: classically contemporary

Review by J1 Reporter Grace Ellis

In 1868, Louisa May Alcott’s acclaimed novel “Little Women” was published. A novel quite progressive for its time, “Little Women” highlighted the highs and lows of living as a young woman in the nineteenth century, empowering its young [often female] readers to follow their dreams.

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The story depicts the lives of the four March sisters Meg (Emma Watson), Jo (Saiorse Ronan), Amy (Florence Pugh) and Beth (Eliza Scanlen), on their journey through girlhood.

Its influence continued throughout the 20th Century. As a result four official film adaptations of the books have been produced, as well as a 1918 British film, known as the “Lost Film.”

The most recent adaptation of the novel premiered on Dec. 25, 2019, generating nearly $30 million at the box office (NYT 2019). I attended the movie on New Year’s Day with my grandma and my mother, a perfect group to see the movie with.

From its exposition, I was instantly impressed by director Greta Gerwig’s storytelling abilities, by both remaining true to the novel as well as adding a contemporary twist onto the movie. I would like to commend Gerwig’s casting ability as a director as every actor/actress played his/her role as if it was meant for them. (I’m not just saying that because I love Timotheé Chalamet.)

As for an overall rating I give this movie 5/5 stars. From the cinematics to the dialogue to the soundtrack this movie perfectly encapsulates the tone of the original novel, simultaneously adding a new and contemporary layer that arguably transforms the way that people view and interpret the work as a whole.

“Little Women” is currently available in theaters and is rated PG.


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