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Little Women (2019) | Review


My love for classic literature is no secret and Little Women is one of the best.  I've read the book at least hundreds of times and could probably quote most of it to you.  And for those of you who don't know I'm the youngest of six children, and have three sisters. It's always been a joke in our family that us four girls are actually each like the four March sisters but now I'm getting off subject a little bit...
Just yesterday I went to see the newest version of Little Women with some of my family and it did not disappoint!  I've seen at least two other versions, one from 1949 and the most well-known version from 1994 while both were okay neither stood up to the book.

Saoirse Ronan as Jo March
The newest version which released on Christmas Day stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern, Timothèe Chalamet, James Norton, Louis Garrel, Chris Cooper, Bob Odenkirk and Meryl Streep.

First off, this is the first version that actually has many word for word statements from the book and while I admit they didn't have one of my favorite scenes from the book in the movie I was thoroughly encouraged to see that for the first time it looked like someone had actually read the book.

Timothèe Chalamet & Florence Pugh


The entire cast was the best I had ever seen.
I didn't ever think anyone could live up to Peter Lawford's version of Laurie but Timothèe Chalamet did a fantastic job.
Saoirse Ronan was without a doubt the best Jo March, many overdo tho tomboy and some don't do enough tomboy, hers was the perfect mix.
Emma Watson was great as Meg (and yes you could hear her British accent come through occasionally but nothing major).

Emma Watson
Florence Pugh absolutely killed it as Amy. My only issue is that her hair should have been fully blonde but again, nothing major. I was thrilled someone actually paid attention and gave a bit of screen time to Amy and Laurie's love story. Many seem to just brush over it and I loved finally seeing it play out onscreen.



Louis Garrel did a wonderful job as Mr Bhaer, no-one has ever represented him like the book says he looks like but this was the closest.
Laura Dern was the perfect "marmee" she played her with a vulnerability; an openness that few have.  Most tend to make her perfect but you see in a few of her scenes with Jo that she's struggled with things.
Meryl Streep did an amazing job as Aunt March, you actually feel for her a few times. Meryl Streep added some humor and depth to the character.
Eliza Scanlen portraying Beth was the actress that didn't really stand out to me but that could be due to my partiality to Margaret O'Brien as Beth. I still think she did an amazing job and due to the fact that I was balling my eyes out when her and Jo (Saoirse) go to the sea I'd say she's a pretty darn good actress.


My dislikes- I still wish they were some things from the book that they had kept in, there's a scene between Amy and Laurie when they were kids that I don't believe anyone ever adds to the movie version and yet it adds a lot to the two of them falling in love as adults.
I wish that it didn't keep going back and forth from adulthood to childhood, for anyone who hasn't read the books it could be slightly confusing.

There are a few things that should've been changed, Beth should have had brown hair, I mentioned above but Amy's hair is supposed to be golden blonde, John Brookes should have a mustache and Mr Bhaer should have-been slightly older and had a beard.



Now well those things did bother me I was thrilled to finally see someone do a fantastic version of Little Women that overall stuck to the book.  I will rewatch this movie over and over again.  It had the perfect mix of heartwarming, heart wrenching, bittersweetness and sweetness. I laughed, I cried and most of all it touched my heart so thank you, thank you to everyone who made this movie possible.



Comments

  1. Thanks for this review. I wasn't sure about this movie but I've been reading all sorts of positive reviews & yours just made me put this on my "must see" list.

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