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
[Here’s my review of the 1994 film.]

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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