Little Women ★★★★

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This review may contain spoilers.

Like science fiction, period pieces seem to work better when they end up speaking volumes about the present, despite their undeniable charms on portraying the past (or projecting a possible future). Regrettably, "Little Women"'s portrayal of a time and place where women lived on adversarial grounds and female sensibility for telling an inherently female story would be swiftly cut short feels like a confrontational mirror against the movie industry as a whole, and Hollywood in particular.

Aside from that, Gerwig's direction intelligently weaves the story and its own book being written, and ironically includes (as an 'economic proposition') a kind of phony happy ending, yet it seems carried away at times, as if trying to keep up its propulsive, eloquent script.