Little Women tells the story of four sisters Amy, Jo, Beth and Meg as they navigate the world in the aftermath of the Civil War. Their differences may divide them, but ultimately it’s what keeps them together through challenging times.
Greta Gerwig’s retelling of this classic tale is an homage to female ambition. Little Women is a movie full to the brim with heart. We don’t see the tales of the famous March sisters through rose-tinted glasses, but in all their raw state.
In a time when a women had limited rights, lost her money. children and possessions to marriage and was deemed a failure if she was not hitched with children, the March sisters are each beating to the sound of their own drum.
Unlike previous Little Women movies Gerwig’s gives screen time to all four sisters, rather than solely focusing on Jo. This is a conscious move, some have said, to avoid vilifying Amy. (Don’t worry I won’t give any spoilers away for those that aren’t familiar with the Little Women narrative.)
Gerwig’s retelling is heartfelt and poignant. We watch as the March sisters deal with the trials and tribulations of growing up. They discover what happiness means to each of them, drifting apart, only to come back together once again.
Amy wants to do is travel the globe and become the world’s best painter, Meg is keen to settle down and start a family, Jo dreams of writing for a living and Beth is simply content spending time with her beloved sisters and Marmee.
For those in love with Little Women as I am here’s the main cast.
- Saoirse Ronan as Josephine “Jo” March
- Emma Watson as Margaret “Meg” March
- Florence Pugh as Amy March
- Eliza Scanlen as Elizabeth “Beth” March
- Laura Dern as Marmee March
- Timothée Chalamet as Theodore “Laurie” Laurence
- Meryl Streep as Aunt March
- Tracy Letts as Mr. Dashwood
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Ronan and Chalamet working together. Gerwig first cast them together in the breathtakingly honest movie Lady Bird.
The impassioned speeches from the March sisters alone are worth going to see the movie for. Their strong views on what it means to be a woman and how they feel about marriage echo the feminist narratives we hear today. In particular Jo and Amy. Gerwig steers them to talk directly to camera as they deliver their emotional lines which makes for some award-worthy scenes.
Each member of the stellar cast offers their own touch to their famous character. The stand out stars for me would have to be Ronan, Pugh, Chalamet, Dern and Streep.
If I was forced to pick out a con for this movie, it would be Chalamet’s costume. At times his large jackets seemed to consume him, making his character look much younger than he should be.
I have loved the tale of Little Women for as long as I can remember. Once I saw the 1994 movie I was obsessed. A story about strong willed women, fighting for what they love? Count me in. So I was a tough crowd to please with this new movie. I’m pleased to say that I adore Gerwig’s adaptation. It’s modern, yet still in keeping with the original tale. I cried with sadness, happiness and pure joy. Little Women, is, and always will be an utter delight.
Little Women is out in UK on 26th December. The Ruthless On Film team saw the movie as part of an exclusive screening by Odeon.
By Ruth Walker