Run time: 135 mins
Bringing together a strong cast, Greta Gerwig creates a refreshing and heartwarming take on the coming-of-age classic novel.
Following up Lady Bird, actress-turned-director, Gerwig opted for an adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel, taking a familiar story and restructuring it to revitalise the narrative. Little Women explores the lives of the four March sisters: Jo (Saoirse Ronan) Meg (Emma Watson) Beth (Eliza Scanlen) and Amy (Florence Pugh). The family drama follows the coming of age of the sisters and their mother, ‘Marmee’ (Laura Dern) in genteel poverty of 1860s New England. Having lost all their money, the March sisters must adjust to a new lifestyle, standing by each other despite different ideals and trials. It begins with Jo as a young committed writer and narrator, waiting outside a New York publishing house. The classic tale traces the sisters’ experiences as adults and teenagers through a series of flashbacks, exploring how their various ambitions develop. The camaraderie and jealousy in the all-female household is expertly drawn, with exceptional performances by Timothée Chalamet, as heartthrob Laurie, and Meryl Streep playing the haughty Aunt March adding to the infectious energy of the ensemble. A beautiful film full of warmth and insight.
(research Rachel Williams) Indeed. Don’t miss.