Little Women (2019)
Little Women is a 2019 American coming-of-age period drama film written and directed by Greta Gerwig. It is the seventh film adaptation of the 1868 novel of the same name by Louisa May Alcott.
In the years after the Civil War, Jo March lives in New York and makes her living as a writer, while her sister Amy studies painting in Paris. Amy has a chance encounter with Theodore, a childhood crush who proposed to Jo but was ultimately rejected. Their oldest sibling, Meg, is married to a schoolteacher, while shy sister Beth develops a devastating illness that brings the family back together.
Why It Rocks
- It's highly faithful to the 1868 novel of the same name, and is likely the best out of the seven adaptations of the novel. It also proves that the novel is truly timeless.
- Greta Gerwig gives off fantastic direction for this film. The fact she wasn't nominated for Best Director is absurd.
- The production design is at its greatest peak. From the costumes, the props, to the color palette, everything that was designed for the movie is amazing.
- It explodes in multiple emotions, from loss, to love, to everything in between.
- The cinematography is absolutely beautiful.
- The lead actresses are incredible, especially Saoirse Ronan as Jo March, even after Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig's directorial debut.
- Florence Pugh, who starred in Midsommar, continues to be incredible with her performance as Amy March.
- The plot doesn't need to be chronological, managing to chop itself up in flashbacks and flash-forwards, and keeping the viewer at their toes, showing how brave Gerwig is at letting the audience work a little.
- The ending is extremely sad.
Little Women received critical acclaim, with particular praise for Gerwig's screenplay and direction as well as the performances of the cast. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 95% based on 367 reviews, with an average rating of 8.57/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "With a stellar cast and a smart, sensitive retelling of its classic source material, Greta Gerwig's Little Women proves some stories truly are timeless." On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 91 out of 100, based on 57 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".
- The March house was designed to look plain from the outside, but be bright and colorful inside. Because of this, it earned the nickname "the jewel box" on set.
- Emma Watson took over the role of Meg March from Emma Stone, who became unavailable due to scheduling conflicts with promoting The Favourite. Coincidentally, Stone previously took over the role of Mia in La La Land after Watson dropped out of the project due to the commitment of her role as Belle in the Disney live-action remake of AMW.