Movie Review: Little Women

Libby Johnson, Leopard Life Staff Writer

  Little Women, a spectacular remake of the beloved classic book by Louisa May Alcott, reached theaters on December 25th and received tremendously positive feedback. The plot of the classic story was brought to life through brilliant actors and cinematography techniques.

“I loved Little Women because it was such a cute classic. Even though the story is old, I feel like I can relate to the characters,” said Hailey Wilson, 7.

Little Women takes place in Massachusetts during the Civil War, in a time of hardship and poverty. The story follows sisters Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy as they mature in the midst of poverty and women’s oppression. Despite their many struggles and differences, the sisters are able to find joy. 

“Saorise Ronan was such a good fit for Jo because she really showed the heartbreak that Jo goes through,” said Dana Colston, 7.

While the direction, done by Greta Gerwig, was adept, the sincerity of the actors’ performances greatly attributed to how the audience was able to connect to the characters. The cast consisted of Saorise Ronan (Jo March), Emma Watson (Meg March), Florence Pugh (Amy March), Eliza Scanlen (Beth March), Laura Dern (Marmee), and Timothée Chalamet (Laurie March).

Little Women is clearly the work of a writer and director who has learned to pay loving attention to the small and beautiful things in life and wants us to do so, too. It also teaches something lovely about paying attention to beloved, much-adapted texts like Alcott’s novel. And it is, at all times, a purely moving delight,”  said Alissa Wilkonson, Vox journalist.

Overall, 2019 Little Women is a fresh take on the tried and true story; it relays values which many of us hold dear without being overdone or cheesy. Its sentiments are not overwhelming, but it has captured the dynamic of sisterhood exactly as is. Little Women is a timeless coming-of-age story not to be forgotten.