Based on the well-known novel, Little Women focuses on four sisters who share many challenges and hard times together. While the film tells many stories about all of its characters, the lead in this film is one of the sisters named Jo March (Saoirse Ronan). Jo is a writer who one day hopes to write her own novel. Her biggest challenge is dealing with the people who tell her that her writing isn’t good enough or when others suggest alterations and changes Jo isn’t keen about. She also writes to earn money for her family and provides stories to a local newspaper. Joining Jo on this journey are her three sisters, Meg (Emma Watson), Beth (Eliza Scanlen) & Amy (Florence Pugh).
With this review, I’m happy to dive right into the positives. Little Women is loaded with wonderful cast members for both the leading and support roles. Lead performances are applause-worthy and supporting cast members such as Meryl Streep and Timothee Chalament are excellent.
I personally have never been a die-hard fan of Little Woman in the past. I would also say the same thing for other period films such as Pride & Prejudice etc. But Little Woman never feels slow or uninteresting. This film always has something going on, keeping me engaged for the duration and enjoying everything relating to the plot. Little Women has a great way of showing backstories, but there was at least one moment where I was slightly unsure if I was still watching a flashback or if the film had gone back to the present time frame.
But what makes Little Women consistently enjoyable is the dialogue, particularly between the four sisters. It feels believable and natural at all times. It is also interesting as an audience member to feel sad one moment and then enjoy a heartfelt joyful moment the next. It’s a great combination of storytelling at its finest and a true credit to both the actors and director Greta Gerwig. Fun fact- director Greta Gerwig also directed Lady Bird (2017) which I was a huge fan of. I guess might say I am becoming a Greta Gerwig fan! The costuming and set designs I also couldn’t fault.
Overall, I’m surprised to say this about Little Woman, but I found this film to be a rather wonderful piece of cinema. With outstanding performances from both the leading cast and supporting actors, Little Women never feels dull or uninteresting. It’s dialogue-heavy, but the pace is never slow or dull. Director Greta Gerwig has delivered another outstanding film after her film Lady Bird which released in (2017). It’s official people- I’m a Greta Gerwig fan.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden