Louisa May Alcott’s classic story of four sisters growing up after the civil war gets a fresh and delightful makeover in Greta Gerwig’s Little Women.
Handled with delicate care, Gerwig manages to capture the nostalgia and warmth of its source material while weaving in modern themes of female independence effortlessly. It’s charming, lively and beautifully crafted.
Aesthetically speaking, Little Women is gorgeous. The cinematography. The sets. The costumes. The understated charm. The props. The March household almost feels like being in an Anthropologie, it’s that appealing and inviting.
But nothing is more appealing that the ensemble of Little Women.
Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh and Eliza Scanlen are irresistible as the March sisters with a lovable Lauren Dern as Marmee. Their electric chemistry, tender sisterly love and compassionate performances will leave you smiling from ear to ear.
Although many are chattering about Saoirse’s performance as Jo (which yes, is outstanding), the true stand out is Florence Pugh as Amy. Amy has always been loathed in the novel, yet Pugh has made her endearing, sympathetic and a character worth rooting for.
Yet another stellar performance from Pugh, whose career is so versatile and impressive — I can’t wait to see what she does next.
Will Little Women be a stand out during this years awards? Unsure.
But this is certainly the most successful adaptations of Little Women and for that deserves recognition.
Final Thoughts: Little Women is a charming and refreshing retelling of a classic.