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The captivating story of the forever memorable March sisters comes together all over again for the eighth time to bring a new enlightened version for a new generation to enjoy this endless story.
Little Women felt like a gift during its runtime. Written and directed by the magnificent Greta Gerwig, this new adaptation embraces the source material and manages to capture the beautiful spirit that makes part of the essence of the wonderful novel by Louisa May Alcott and makes it look fresh, important and necessary nowadays. But for the ones who never read the book, it still works as an independent and inspiring story. For both sides, the story remains an adequate coming-of-age drama either for the 19th century or the contemporaneity.
With a magnificent cast, led by Saoirse Ronan as the wild spirit Jo March, Little Women dives us into the March family, most specifically the four sisters, Meg (Emma Watson), Jo, Amy (Florence Pugh) and Beth (the talented rising star Eliza Scanlen), just in the middle of the civil war in the expectation of whether her father would come back from fighting for their country. There are other known names in Hollywood in the film as well, such as Timothée Chalamet as the gorgeous and endearing Laurie, the talented Laura Dern as Marmee and the outstanding Meryl Streep as the aunt March. One would say that with such a variety of actors not all of them would deliver a consistent performance, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Actually, every single actor makes an incredibly beautiful and amazing performance during the film, but whoever takes the whole credit of stealing the show is Florence, with her interpretation of a pretentious little girl soon to become a mature and grown woman. Considering that Pugh had to play a 12-year-old, it is good to mention that she delivers her performance flawlessly, and it’s by far one of the best elements of the film.
Gerwig’s adaptation plays with the storytelling in an original and fluid way by presenting the film in two timelines, which at first can seem a little bit rushed, it won’t be long for it to be perfect for the film. It’s an emotional rollercoaster that goes from past to present with excellent transitional elements. This adds points to this new vision of the classic novel by making it original and radiant, since as far as I know, no other adaptation has this type of time distribution. Although there might be a few changes when it comes as an adaptation, all of them are well intended as they are part of a bigger message the director (and writer) wants to transmit to the audience, which is such an amazing, inspiring and powerful statement that appears to be pretty suitable these days, in a world and industry that’s all commanded by men.
Little Women is an experience of a lifetime, with valuable lessons and important messages that don’t just stay right there on screen, but transcend to the audience in the most creative way. A brutal masterpiece of what is like to live, love, create, innovate, exist, to suffer what is like to grow up and be the owner of your destiny. I don’t think the world would ever be tired of recalling the story of these four adorable, beautiful and sweet little women, as I personally believe that every generation must have its own adaptation of this everlasting story.