Little Women ★★★½

I prefer Gillian Armstrong’s version for many reasons— the pacing, design, The MUSIC, Winona Ryder and Susan Sarandon’s performances, and that ineffable fact that it gives me the closest feeling to what I get when I read the book (which I did twice yearly from age 11 to 16 or so). There’s a certain amount of nuance and maturity in Armstrong’s adaptation that felt absent in this film— that sort of “mono no aware” sensibility of childhood passing and there pains of growing up. Of course, if you loved this version, I see why!! I feel bad comparing but at the same time, that’s what happens when multiple filmmakers adapt the same material. 

That said— I LOVED Florence Pugh as Amy and Chalamet as Laurie. Their scenes were my favorite in the film. And Gerwig’s sense of grounded interaction between characters remains great, even if her films don’t quite connect with me the way they seem to with others.