For those unfamiliar with the novel of the same name, Little Women is the coming of age story of four sisters, Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth. Set during the American Civil War, the girls live alone with their mother Marmee (Dern) while their father is still away at war.
Meg (Watson) is the beautiful, prim and proper sister. She wants everything to be just so; she wants her sisters to behave correctly, as all proper young ladies should.
Amy (Pugh) is the wilder, spirited younger sister to Meg and Jo. With the heart of an artist, she yearns to be creative and bohemian but she’s also desperately in love with a boy she shouldn’t be in love with.
Beth (Scanlen) is the baby, the family favourite and is very ill. The sisters’ fuss over her and, unable to venture into the world herself, she relies on her sisters to fill her life with their own tales.
And then there is Jo (Ronan). Jo is a budding writer and Little Women is her story. The entire tale swirls around Jo.
As a young girl with dreams of being a writer, more than anything in the world, I longed to be Jo. To be part of a loving, supportive family, to have my sisters as my best friends and to one day make my way in the world as a writer. I dare say there are generations of writers who feel the exact same way.
Should I watch it:
The cast has been chosen with care and each actress shines in her role. With the likes of Dern and Streep playing secondary characters, this movie belongs to the younger actresses. They are enchanting as a group of young women from a loving, generous home who each need, and want, to move in different directions while allowing a piece of their hearts to remain in their childhood home.
Young Chalamet as Laurie, the boy who’s entangled with the sisters from when they’re all children, brings a solemnity to his character that balances the spirited young women perfectly.
Brought to the big screen by the uber-talented, Greta Gerwig, who also penned the screenplay, this newest adaptation of the beloved Louisa May Alcott novel is an absolute delight from beginning to end.
Take your own little women to see this. Take your mother, grandmother, aunts and the lady from next door. If you haven’t read the book, you’ll want to the moment you leave the cinema.
And if you have read the novel, you’ll know to bring tissues. And lots of them.
That this wasn’t nominated for a Golden Globe is a travesty. Let’s hope the Oscar people have far more sense.
Running Time: 134 minutes
Release Date: January 1, 2020
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Timothée Chalamet, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep