Movie Review Little Women (U)

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Movie Review

Little Women (U)

2hr 15m

The coming-of-age period drama film written and directed by Greta Gerwig. Another film adaptation of the 1868 novel of the same name by Louisa May Alcott.

The film stars Ser sha Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern, Timothée Chalamet, Meryl Streep, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, James Norton, Louis Garrel, and Chris Cooper.

Previous Little Women
2 Silent versions in 1917/18
1933 with Katharine Hepburn, Joan Bennett, Paul Lukas critics 9.2 imdb 7.4
1949 with June Allyson, Peter Lawford, Margaret O'Brien 6.1/7.3
1978 mini series with Meredith Baxter, Susan Dey, Ann Dusenberry 6.7
1994 with Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst 8.7/7.3
2017 mini series Maya Hawke, Kathryn Newton, Dylan Baker 7.2
2018 modern with Sarah Davenport, Lea Thompson, Allie Jennings 4.5

What about the source material

A novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888) which was originally published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. Alcott wrote the book over several months at the request of her publisher.[1][2]

The story follows the lives of the four March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy—and details their passage from childhood to womanhood. It is loosely based on the lives of the author and her three sisters.[3][4]:202 Scholars classify it as an autobiographical or semi-autobiographical novel.[5][6]:12
Little Women was an immediate commercial and critical success, with readers demanding to know more about the characters. Alcott quickly completed a second volume (titled Good Wives in the United Kingdom, although this name originated from the publisher and not from Alcott), and it was also successful. The two volumes were issued in 1880 as a single novel titled Little Women.

Alcott wrote two sequels to her popular work, both of which also featured the March sisters: Little Men and Jo's Boys

Good marks for most of the previous adaptations did the 2019 incarnation live up to its predecessors?

2019 The Plot
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

Any Good?

Box Office $40m/203m Return
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 95% based on 378 reviews, with an average rating of 8.56/10. 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 between 6.3-10

IMDB 8/10
Incredible Adaptation 10/10
A wonderful story, beautifully told 10/10
The coziest film of 2019, but also one of the funniest & most incisive. 10/10
Everything you could want in a movie! 10/10
Outstanding, moving, beautiful 10/10

MGN Review

What an excellent movie, after watching horrors, gritty dramas, thrillers, action movies etc etc, a film like this is a breath of fresh air.

Ive watched all the previous movie adaptations and this has to be the best of the lot.

The sets are superb and the array of acting talent is terrific and above it all the stand out is Ser sha Ronan she is just brilliant

My only quibble and it is a very small one was the flashbacks as my old brain sometimes took time to adjust to the time shifts but once my old brain clicked into gear I could just about work it out.

Just over two hours of homely family entertainment with the odd tear but many many more smiles. Do not miss this.

MGN Rating 8.5/10

Available to buy 4/5/20 in the UK

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