The historically acclaimed novel Little Women is hitting the big screen yet again with a refreshing new tone for 2019. Little Women was originally written in the 19th-century by Louisa May Alcott, and was actually originally published in two parts, in 1868 and 1869. This Civil-War-Era masterpiece has had many iterations over time, ranging from TV series, stage production, and films. A 1933 version was done starring Katherine Hepburn, and a 1994 version directed by Gillian Armstrong. This new 2019 version breathes new life into the March sisters, even all these centuries later. This lively, visceral work was directed by Greta Gerwig, the director of the critically acclaimed coming-of-age film, Lady Bird. This film also stars not only the movie giants, but outspoken thinkers of today. Some of which include Florence Pugh as Amy, Emma Watson as Meg, Saoirse Ronan as Jo, Eliza Scanlen as Beth, and Timothée Chalamet as Laurie. If this wasn’t already a stellar lineup, we also have Meryl Streep and Laura Dern throughout the film to drive this point home. This version of Little Women made its premier on Christmas Day (December, 25, 2019).
The story is a romance and drama that takes place in Civil-War-Era Massachusetts. Some main points we gather from this literary giant within the movie are sisterhood, generosity, creative freedom, and the importance of community. If you’re unfamiliar with the gist of the story, here’s a little background. The story follows four sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March. We follow the sisters throughout as Jo March reflects on her life. Each sister is individually loved for their unique personality qualities that everyone can connect to. Meg, played by Emma Watson, is responsible and lovely, while Beth, played by Eliza Scanlen, is timid and musical, and finally Amy, played by Florence Pugh, is reckless and artistic. The sisters welcome a new neighbor, Laurie, played by Timothée Chalamet, into their inner circle. The sisters are helping their mother, Marmee, played by Laura Dern, hold down their household while their father, played by Bob Odenkirk, serves in the Civil War. As we know, this is a progressive and influential story, so as the story goes on we see how Jo yearns for individual professional and personal freedom. A divide happens between Jo and her sisters, as they don’t share her ambitions. The plot also thickens as lovestruck Laurie wishes that he and Jo could have a future together.
Gerwig is celebrated for her adaptation of this beloved story with the support of an exceptionally gifted cast. Everything about this 2019 version is impressive, heartfelt, and exquisitely detailed for the original Little Women phenomenon. If you haven’t had a chance to spend your holiday’s at the theater, take yourself and some friends for a solid movie night and feel the essence of this great story.