Title: Little Women
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Greta Gerwig
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh
Runtime: 2 hrs 15 mins
What It Is: In the years after the Civil War, Jo March lives in New York and makes her living as a writer, while her sister Amy studies painting in Paris. Amy has a chance encounter with Theodore, a childhood crush who proposed to Jo but was ultimately rejected. Their oldest sibling, Meg, is married to a schoolteacher, while shy sister Beth develops a devastating illness that brings the family back together.
What We Think: Relatable and still relevant however could have been better in some areas. Coming from a book worm who has shockingly never read the book or seen any previous adaption of the story, my opinion of this film is strictly coming from a filmmaker’s perspective. The acting was incredible although there were a few moments from this particular adaption that I am not quite sure I bought in regards to emotional vulnerability from a couple of characters. Saoirse Ronan’s portrayal of a young woman striving for independence, adventure, and mental and emotional freedom is something which many women including myself can most certainly relate to however there were many characters and situations in this film which many can relate to regardless of age, gender, politics, etc. The storyline and script were definitely aspects of this film which I liked, however, this does bring me to my biggest issue with this film and that is the editing. The editing was absolutely terrible! It was very difficult to decipher when the story was showing a flashback and when we were supposed to be watching something from the “present time”. The editing also made the film feel unorganized and made it a tad bit more difficult to truly understand the storyline. There was also a particular shot that should have been held longer to really grasp a dilemma being presented to the viewer. All in all, not a bad film but had the editing and certain scenes been acted a bit better, this film would have been much better.
Our Grade: B+, This is a story containing many relatable aspects, characters, and scenarios that are still very relevant however this film may be a tad bit challenging to understand for those who have never read the book prior to seeing the movie.