Saoirse Ronan as Jo March
Emma Watson as Meg March
Timothée Chalamet as Theodore Laurie Laurence
Florence Pugh as Amy March
Eliza Scanlen as Beth March
Laura Dern as Marmee March
Tracy Letts as Mr. Dashwood
Bob Odenkirk as Mr. March
James Norton as John Brooke
Louis Garrel as Friedrich Bhaer
Chris Cooper as Mr. Laurence
Jayne Houdyshell as Hannah
Meryl Streep as Aunt March
Directed by Greta Gerwig
"Little Women" is based on Louisa May Alcott's 1868 novel.
During the Civil War, the March family patriarch is at war, while his wife and daughters must survive on their own. They are led by their mother, Marmee, who teaches them compassion and independence in the face of adversity. Jo March is an aspiring writer and the free spirit of the sisters. Meg loves acting and yearns for a family of her own. Amy March focuses on popularity and wants to marry for money. Finally Beth is very selfless and a musical talent.
As women in March face the trials and tribulations of life on their own, they grow from childhood to femininity. And their unique personalities will guide the course of their lives as they venture out on their own.
"Little Women" is rated PG for thematic elements and brief smoking.
OK, I admit that "Little Women" is not exactly a movie I usually like. I usually prefer movies with explosions and monkeys in them. But "Little Women" is one of my wife's favorite novels, and I owed her after dragging her to every Marvel movie and Star Wars movie this year. But while it wasn't something I normally watched, I was pleasantly surprised by this movie.
First, the cast is phenomenal. Packed with favorites, each actress has a moment to shine and brings a unique twist to her character. Most notable to me is Florence Pugh as Amy March. I am continually impressed by the versatility of this actress. This year she played a fighter in "Fighting With My Family," a horror movie victim in "Midsommar," and will play a Russian spy in "Black Widow" next year. Seeing her in corsets and frilly dresses in "Little Women" is a big change for her, but she's equally believable in all roles. Here she is crazy, fights with her sister and gets advice from her rich spinster aunt played by Meryl Streep. Your performance is one of the most fun to watch.
The main focus is on Saoirse Ronan as Jo March and she also performs very well. Ronan remains a bit longer in his career as an aspiring author character. Jo embodies many of Louisa May Alcott's characteristics, so she is the heart of "Little Women" in many ways.
Emma Watson plays Meg March. It's not a big snippet of her Hermione Granger or Belle characters, but what makes her fun to watch is the interaction with the other actresses. There is a real chemistry between them and they seem to be having fun while playing the sisters. At the beginning of the role, Meg is funny and theatrical, but as she gets older she is overwhelmed by the burdens of life and her duty as a wife and mother. Watson handles these transitions between his character's stages in life with great skill.
The rest of the female cast is also impressive. Eliza Scanlen plays Beth March, the fourth sister. Beth is compassionate and has musical talent. She interacts well with the other sisters and Laura Dern, who plays Marmee March, her mother. Dern is also excellent and is a believable matriarch for these girls. There is a little of it in each of their personalities. Then there's Meryl Streep as Aunt March. Your interaction with Pugh's Amy is fun because the two are polar opposites, but both have one unit – survival.
While men are all supporting characters in this story, they stand against the female cast. Chris Cooper is memorable as Mr. Laurence. Just before watching "Little Women," I watched Cooper on "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood." It was a dramatic transformation for Cooper between the two roles and it was good to see him as a nice guy in "Little Women". It was equally unusual to see Bob Odenkirk as Mr. March. I love him on "Better Call Saul" so it was a big change to see him dominated by four daughters here, but he handles it well. Timothée Chalamet is also good as Laurence of Theodore & # 39; Laurie & # 39 ;. As we watch the transition from youth to adulthood, we also see it grow from irresponsible youth to adulthood. His scenes with Pugh are also memorable.
I asked my wife, a “Little Women” fan, what she thought of this movie. She liked it a lot. She noted that the format of storytelling was interesting. It is counted in a series of flashbacks. Flashbacks follow the novel, while the actual scenes reflect more autobiographical elements of Alcott's story. Together, you see the true contrast in the characters as they grow and mature. She also liked the fact that the story was not exaggerated, a problem with some of the other adaptations of the novel.
What didn't work out:
Honestly, I have no complaints about "Little Women" other than my cup of tea. It is well acted, has a beautiful production design and is a solid adaptation of a classic novel.
The bottom line:
If you're a fan of any of Greta Gerwig's actors, writers and directors, I think you'll want to check out "Little Women" in theaters. Fans of Louisa May Alcott's novel must also be happy. And if, like me, your partner wants to see the movie, I think it's one of the most accessible classic adaptations of literature.
Opening Wednesday December 25, 2019