"Little Women" (2019) Movie Review
Little Women is a rather hard film to review, not because there's anything wrong with it, but because it's the perfect film. It's a tale that's been essential to women for 151 years and will still be essential long after we're all gone.
The film follows the March family - mother Marmee and four sisters Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy - as they try to navigate through the struggles of life and love in a time when women had very few opportunities or choices.
The most impressive element of the film was keeping alive the relatability of the characters. Each one may have had their own aspirations but most of all they just wanted their family to be provided for. They wanted the best for each other, no matter what obstacles they faced. Deep down, isn't that what all good-hearted people want?
The acting was outstanding. Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh were absolutely magnificent in their roles of Jo and Amy respectively. Saoirse and Florence had a chemistry that exceeded the other performers, almost creating a story within a story. Emma Watson gave the second-best performance of her career, practically radiating Meg straight off the pages of Alcott's book.
The costume design, scenery, and set designs were gorgeous and easily transported you back in time to the Civil War era when the story takes place. I loved the use of the differing color palettes separating the flashbacks from the main story.
In conclusion, sorry for the short review but there's really not much I can say besides I loved everything about the film. Sure, there were some parts that strayed from the book but there's only so much one can cover in two hours time. Director Greta Gerwig made one amazing film that anyone who loves period pieces will enjoy. I give the film a 4 out of 4.
© 2019 Nathan Jasper