Sunday, January 19, 2020

Little Women Movie Review


If you haven't had the chance to see the new Little Women movie yet, I highly recommend it. I think it is as true a version to the book that's ever been made and an updated version of the classic. 

The overall story, is of course, very moving as the novel addresses the big questions of life and how work, marriage, and family impacts the characters. The four March sisters very easily encapsulate the four temperaments: Jo the choleric, Meg the phlegmatic, Beth the melancholic, and Amy the sanguine. It is entertaining to see how these differences reflect their romantic relationships and life choices.

Little Women has created such iconic characters who each in their own way seek to leave their mark on this world. Jo with her fiery spirit and passion for writing, Beth with her deep thoughts and meaningful music, Meg with her motherly qualities and sweet temperament, and Amy with her artistic talent and lofty dreams of love. And which of us doesn't long to see Laurie with Jo, always to be disappointed in each version ;-) But as they say, "if you love someone set them free. If they come back they are yours, if they don't they never were."

I do think it's hard to top the 1994 film, which is a classic in my book. In my opinion the older movie had overall better acting in terms of delivery of lines and the authenticity of the characters. However, the new version includes much more wonderful parts of the original story, for example getting to see Jo open her school in Aunt March's old manor.

On a personal note, my favorite part of the story is undoubtedly the end scene where Jo watches her novel being put together . . . what writer wouldn't love that! I do hope you will give the film a try as it is well worth the 2 hrs and 15 minutes of your time.

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