movie review: little women

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I don’t particularly enjoy Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, but there are two film adaptions of the book that I adore.  ‘Little Women’ (1994)…and ‘Little Women’ (2018), which is the adaption I’m reviewing today.

Let’s start with the story!  Instead of trying to craft a recognizable plot out of a rather episodic book, the filmmakers went a different direction and told the story in a series of flashbacks.  (The framework for the flashbacks is Jo working on her fantasy novel with instruction from Professor ‘Freddie’ Bhaer.)  Most of the major events from the book are depicted in this film: Christmas without (m)any presents, Jo bumping into Laurie at a party, Meg making a fool of herself at another party (the prom this time), Amy burning Jo’s notebook, etc., etc. (I will say that Amy was a lot more justified in burning Jo’s notebook.  The situation was changed up a little and I Approve.)

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The feels were so, so real.  I teared up multiple times, especially with parts concerning Beth (no spoilers!) and the final scene which was #beautiful and #weddingdaygoals.

Now I’m sure most of you are wondering if the casting director got it right.  If Jo was the same strong, independent, flawed woman we all know and love.  If Beth warmed every heart with her sweetness.  If Laurie was a faithful friend.  The answer to all of that is “YES”.  I loved the casting for pretty much every character, but especially the four ‘little women’.  Sarah Davenport was outstanding as Jo.  She’s full of fire and fierce love and flaws.  And she is indubitably a Writer!  All the other films portray Jo’s writing as more of an unimportant, background hobby, but this adaption celebrated her journey as a writer.  And that made her so much more relatable to me.  For the first time, I actually, truly ‘got’ Jo. (And her connection to Beth was also so strong and I loved it.)

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This review is getting loooong, so I’ll just quickly run through the rest of the cast.  Beth was incredibly sweet, but also genuine.  Meg was perfect.  Amy (played, of course, by two different actresses) was annoying but had her moments of warmth.  Marmee was suitably Marmee-ish.  John Brooke was the only good portrayal of the character I’ve seen on film.  It took me a bit to warm up to Laurie (especially because they didn’t include the part where he sends for Marmee without waiting for permission which is my favorite character moment of his) but by the time he comforted Jo at The Funeral, I really liked him.

Overall, ‘Little Women’ is a beautiful film about the importance of family and the connection between sisters.  Highly recommended to fans of the original story.

Eva

Screening provided by Graf-Martin Communications and Pure Flix.

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12 thoughts on “movie review: little women

  1. I WANT TO SEE THIS SO BAD AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK

    Little Women is really special to me because I relate so hard to Beth and she is one of only two book characters who has ever made me Ugly Cry. I just . . . yeah. I love her. And the reason I’ve stayed away from all other movie adaptations is because they don’t look like they get Beth “right”, to me–BUT THIS ONE LOOKS LIKE IT DOES.

    So, I’m gonna see it. And I’m probably gonna cry. ❤

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  3. I was already blown away just watching the trailer, so it’s fantastic to know my excitement is justified! The book was, in fact, one of the first real ‘grown-up’ classics I read when I was younger, and the 1994 film was also a huge part of my early teen years, so I’m a might protective of the story you might say. Fortunately, based on the trailer and your review, this version seems to be one of the best contemporary adaptations of a classic I’ve come across, and one I’m very mich looking forward to watching!

    However *full disclaimer here* as one of the seemingly very few people who love Jo with Professor Bhaer, I wondered if you could share what you thought of how their relationship is handled in this film?

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    • I don’t think you’ll be disappointed Kirsty! I’m a HUGE fan of the 1994 movie and I like this version almost as well.

      I thought Jo and Professor Bhaer’s relationship was very sweet! I think it got a bit more development than the 1994 movie, though there wasn’t as much chemistry between the two of them in the modern adaption, IMO.

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