Little Women: Movie Review - Reel Advice Movie Reviews

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Little Women: Movie Review

It's a tale that has been told countless times. But Greta Gerwig finds a way to give her own spin on the classic coming-of-age tale. What we get is not only a refreshing take but probably the best big screen adaptation of "Little Women" to date.
We follow the lives of the four March sisters - Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy - as we follow their growth, passage, and trials from childhood to womanhood facing a world predominantly built around men.
For those familiar with the narrative of "Little Women", the non-linear approach that it takes will be a surprise and a treat at the same time. It gives a refreshing take on the story but crucially, it gives a lot more substance to key scenes that our character's go through in their adult lives. The only gripe we had was its transitions from present to past and back. There were transitions that were abrupt completely catching us off guard for the first few seconds of the next scene. Unsurprisingly, "Little Women" features award-winning acting from its cast with Saoirse Ronan leading the way with Florence Pugh and Laura Dern not far off. It's just disappointing that half of the March sisters was significantly left out specifically Beth and Meg with Eliza Scanlen and Emma Watson unable to fully showcase their talents with their limited screen time. It could have been a limitation of making the running time shorter (the film is already more than two hours long as it is) or a decision to have a tangible conflict based on love between Jo and Amy. Overall, the grievances we have on "Little Women" are minor at best. The end product is still a wonder on its own to experience and a timeless tale made even more relevant for today's audience even against its period setting.
Rating: 4 and a half reels





Why you should watch it:
- superb acting
- the best version of "Little Women" on the big screen

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- some of the March sisters were left out

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