Little Women (2019) is the eighth film adaptation of the 1968 novel by Louisa May Alcott. Directed by Greta Gerwig, Little Women (2019) continues to present the sweet story in a wholesome, albeit entertaining, way. Although I wouldn’t say that the film was incredibly thrilling as such, it is still the perfect excuse for any mother-daughter date.
Following the lives of the March sisters from adolescence to adulthood, the timeless tale is as wholesome as it gets. They go through hardships together and come out on the other side on two feet, strengthening the bond between the family and close friends.
The movie flashes between the past and present and in doing so, also constantly switches the tone of the film. When the movie is depicting scenes from their past, it is more saturated and features an overall yellowish hue, creating warmth in those moments. In the present, it is desaturated and colder, their lives now bleaker as they’re not all living under the same roof. I enjoyed this subtle change in photography and it definitely hit its intended mark, alluding to the change in mood between stages in time.
The cast is a standout with the likes of Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh and Eliza Scanlen playing Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth, respectively. Timothée Chalamet plays the mysterious boy next door and love interest as the character Theodore ‘Laurie’ Laurence.
Saoirse Ronan as Jo March stole the show, delivering an extremely convincing performance with a tonne of energy behind the character. Despite being the protagonist, she really did stand out in this film and was the absolute perfect match for such a forthright and spirited role.
The film heavily highlighted the importance of family and lending a helping hand to others who are less fortunate. When the girls are together, they tussle and argue for sure, but it is evident that the love between each character runs deep. Family will always here for us in sickness and in health.
Marmee March (Laura Dern) is the epitome of selflessness in the film and it is heavily instilled into the audience that perhaps materialistic possessions aren’t the most important things in life. Her generosity isn’t subjected to one particular moment in the film but instead carries on throughout and is followed through by her daughters. ‘Tis the season for giving, as they say.
The personalities of each sister were very methodically laid out as each woman had a separate career path that they strove for. To some, this may seem cliché and a tad boring but, in this case, it worked. It made the story quite easy to follow along as it flicked between how each sister was faring in the big wide world and provided a structure for the film to follow.
Little Women is in cinemas 1st January, 2020.
Little Women, despite the lack of drama, was still a very entertaining and fulfilling movie to watch. Packed with fun, familial bonds and amazing costumes, it really is a must-see for the coming year.
There was an interesting contrast of themes in Little Women as the girls all strive to pursue their own dreams on their own terms yet still have the mindset of that era in which women can’t possibly sustain themselves alone. Jo says at one point, “I can’t get over the disappointment of being a girl,” something so odd to come from her mouth as she is such a bold and brazen character, yet it displays how she too, also feels this weight.
In a time that is rife with the politics of gender equality in all areas of life, it is interesting to watch Little Women and reflect on just how much has changed since then. Thank god we live in the present society with the freedom of being independent women and making moves by ourselves – phew!