Film review: “Little Women”

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Claire Hunter, Film Critic

There have been many film adaptations of Little Women, the novel written by Louisa May Alcott, but Greta Gerwig’s current film retells the narrative in a truly unique way.

The story, set in the Civil War and Reconstruction era, follows the four March sisters, Meg (Emma Watson), Jo (Saorise Ronan), Amy (Florence Pugh), and Beth (Eliza Scanlen), through their journey from childhood to adulthood. Most of the screen time is focused on Jo and Amy. Jo, a precocious writer, dreams of becoming a well-known author, while Amy strives to marry a wealthy man.

In addition to the story of the sisters, the film also focuses on wealthy neighbor Laurie Laurence, played by Timothée Chalamet, who gives an impeccable performance as the love-torn suitor of Jo March.

Under the direction of Gerwig, these intertwining stories capture the attention and heart of the audience.

From the very start of the film, you experience a connection to each of the characters. The chemistry between cast members makes the family dynamic extremely realistic as well as entertaining.

The subtle humor and intellect of the dialogue are partially what makes the film so enjoyable. Gerwig’s writing style gives the American classic an updated tone that doesn’t feel too modern nor too old.

Each performance was outstanding and the actors took their roles on with full force; their dedication is clear on screen. The film was enhanced by supporting performances by Laura Dern and Meryl Streep. But Florence Pugh’s portrayal of Amy had to have been my favorite part of the film.

Very rarely is there a film that captures the true love of family and leaves you full yet wanting more. It is a story of the heart.