Little Women (2019)

Little Women
Director: Greta Gerwig
Writer: Greta Gerwig
Based on: Louisa May Alcott’s novel
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern, Timothée Chalamet, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, James Norton, Louis Garrel, Jayne Houdyshell, Chris Cooper, Meryl Streep
Seen on: 31.1.2020
[Here are my reviews of the 1994 and the 2018 versions.]

Plot:
Meg (Emma Watson), Jo (Saoirse Ronan), Beth (Eliza Scanlen) and Amy (Florence Pugh) are sisters, living with their mother Marmee (Laura Dern) as their father is off fighting in the war. Their lives are spent working or studying and trying to help the even poorer people in the neighborhood. In their sparetime, they like to play creatively. When their neighbor Mr. Lawrence’s (Chris Cooper) grandson Laurie (Timothée Chalamet) moves in with his grandfather, he quickly finds himself included with the girls. Together, they navigate life’s ups and downs.

There are many, many things I really love about this version of Little Women. I enjoyed myself thoroughly as I watched it. And at the same time, there are so many narrative choices here that I hate that it really speaks to the film’s quality that I still liked it a lot.

The film poster showing the four Marsh girls (Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen) looking out a window.
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Little Women (2018)

Little Women
Director: Clare Niederpruem
Writer: Clare Niederpruem, Kristi Shimek
Based on: Louisa May Alcott’s novel
Cast: Sarah Davenport, Allie Jennings, Melanie Stone, Elise Jones, Taylor Murphy, Lea Thompson, Lucas Grabeel, Ian Bohen, Bart Johnson, Barta Heiner, Stuart Edge, Michael Flynn
Seen on: 10.8.2019
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[Here’s my review of the 1994 film.]

Plot:
Meg (Melanie Stone), Jo (Sarah Davenport), Beth (Allie Jennings) and Amy (Elise Jones) are sisters, living with their mother Marmee (Lea Thompson) as their father is off fighting in the war. Their lives are spent working or studying and trying to help the even poorer people in the neighborhood. In their sparetime, they like to play creatively. When their neighbor Mr. Lawrence’s (Michael Flynn) grandson Laurie (Lucas Grabeel) moves in with his grandfather, he quickly finds himself included with the girls. Together, they navigate life’s ups and downs.

This take on Little Women is a modernized version of the story, set in the present time. And for the most part, the modernization works perfectly. Other things, not so much. In the end, it’s cute but not quite as good as either the book or the 1994 version.

The film poster showing the four Marsh girls (Sarah Davenport, Allie Jennings, Melanie Stone, Elise Jones) and their mother (Lea Thompson).
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Re-Watch: Little Women (1994)

Little Women
Director: Gillian Armstrong
Writer: Robin Swicord
Based on: Louisa May Alcott’s novel
Cast: Winona Ryder, Trini Alvarado, Samantha Mathis, Kirsten Dunst, Claire Danes, Susan Sarandon, Christian Bale, Eric Stoltz, Gabriel Byrne, John Neville, Mary Wickes, Florence Paterson
Seen on: 10.8.2019
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Plot:
Meg (Trini Alvarado), Jo (Winona Ryder), Beth (Claire Danes) and Amy (Kirsten Dunst) are sisters, living with their mother Marmee (Susan Sarandon) as their father is off fighting in the war. Their lives are spent working or studying and trying to help the even poorer people in the neighborhood. In their sparetime, they like to play creatively. When their neighbor Mr. Lawrence’s (John Neville) grandson Laurie (Christian Bale) moves in with his grandfather, he quickly finds himself included with the girls. Together, they navigate life’s ups and downs.

There was a time when I was a teenager that I was very much obsessed with this film and I watched it quite a few times. But it took me until now to finally read the novel and it’s been many years that I saw the film, so I looked at it now with fresh eyes. I still love it, but I do see a couple of things more critically now.

The film poster, showing the four March girls (Winona Ryder, Trini Alvarado, Kirsten Dunst, Claire Danes) and their mother (Susan Sarandon).

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Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)

Little Women is a novel by Louisa May Alcott.
Finished on: 8.8.2019

Plot:
Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy are sisters, living with their mother Marmee as their father is off fighting in the war. Their lives are spent working or studying and trying to help the even poorer people in the neighborhood. In their sparetime, they like to play creatively. When their neighbor Mr. Lawrence’s grandson Laurie moves in with his grandfather, he quickly finds himself included with the girls. Together, they navigate life’s ups and downs.

I’ve been meaning to read Little Women quite literally for decades and I’m so glad I finally did. It’s a great read that celebrates the everyday life of (still rather privileged) women at the time. I was really impressed, despite expecting a lot because I love the (1994) film.

The book cover showing stylized female figures, all wearing differently colored dresses with clouds on them.

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