I’d always heard of Little Women being this epic story for the ages.
My sister had read it when she was younger and almost convinced me to read it! BUT…I just really hated reading for some reason, even though I was somewhat good at it.
Within many other groups, I could see the importance of this book and what it meant to their youth. While it’s been adapted before, Greta Gerwig decided to take another crack at it with a 2019 adaptation.
And boy did she crack it.
Following the lives of four sisters, Amy, Jo, Beth and Meg, as they come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War. Though all very different from each other, the March sisters stand by each other through difficult and changing times.
There were times I was straight up WHIMPERING in this film. So f*cking endearing and loving and warm it is, that you just YEARN a lot. Of course that doesn’t negate the very real LIFE that happens throughout, but SH*T…SO MANY CUTE THINGS.
If you don’t know the story of Little Women, well you had over 150 years to read up on it, so that’s not my problem. But it’s about women in the 1800’s and they are in-fact not small in any way. More so a play on the place of women in that period, we see how the patriarchy affected their status and how our heroines react to this.
They are very much heroines and because this is 150 years ago, we say they are “loosely” based on author Louisa May Alcott‘s life and family, but this is probably because the ending she had in mind didn’t see the light of day in that era.
BUT IT DOES NOW.
Gerwig positions the ending with Saoirse Ronan‘s ‘Jo’ in mind that honestly just makes sense, and if the tale is true that this is what Alcott wanted, then maybe this is the best adaptation yet.
Filters which playfully show the timeline of the film, Gerwig executes a delightful romp through a mostly terrible period. The feminism of our little women is weighed under the patriarchy, but they move forward because FAMILY.
Now leave me be, I want to go whimper over Ronan and Chalamet again.
SO F*CKING CUTE but also hugely relevant; The all-star cast deliver this tale that still holds truths in this day and age, but OMG IT'S SO FUCKING CUTE...