Little Women (2019)
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Greta Gerwig's done it again. Her adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women is damn full of HUMANITY, it makes the heart ache. There is no role so small that Gerwig does not imbue it with SOMETHING, a richness of detail and soul that makes each and every one relatable, amusing, touching, HUMAN. Now, I don't know, central as Jo is (and Saoirse Ronan is rock solid in the role), if Amy was supposed to be stand-out character, but Florence Pugh is EVERYTHING in this, doing the most growing up (from 13 to 20) and crafting an evolving character that steals every scene she's in. What a great year 2019 has been for her - an extremely versatile actress and a real star. I have to admit some of the back and forth between the Little Women and Little Wives material had me scrambling at first, as the color grading of time periods isn't always obvious, but that's a very small complaint. The main story as extended flashback allows Gerwig to draw parallels between the two halves and produces at least one gut punch from it. Not a dry eye... The other Gerwig addition is the focus on the book's innate feminism, and let's be honest, 19th-Century women's novels often featured a betrayal of their autonomous heroines by having them marry at the end. Certainly a betrayal in modern terms. Gerwig finds a way to have the book cake and eat it too, which is pretty clever. Now, would you believe I've never seen any other adaptation of Alcott's novel? I guess I'm going to have to check them out to compare...
Under what definition of 'living in poverty' is this made? Not rich, sure, needing to be careful with money, absolutely.. but poverty?
I saw the 1994 version when I was a kid. I remember my mom told me I should read the book because it was one of those books that capture well girls coming-of-age. I don't think I fully grasped it then. I've seen the 1994 version again and liked it but I think I like this one better... or maybe I've just gotten older and more experienced so I enjoyed it more. The reality is that Gerta Gerwig is really good at presenting these kinds of stories and specially these kind of free spirited characters, with whom I identify so much. She really does it well and Saoirse Ronan was amazing too.
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