Little Women – 2019

  • Originality: Little Women is an American classic and has been adapted for the screen multiple times, with each adaptation making changes to match the vision of the writer and director. Gerwig’s version adds some pretty significant touches to better tie this to the plight of women in the modern age with some great dialogue written by Gerwig that will hopefully age like a fine wine. [4.5]
  • Performances: Most of the “little women” in this film deserve praise for their roles, but the most praise is deserved by Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh. Ronan dives deep into a passion for this character that grants more weight to the role than previous adaptations while Pugh is able to channel pettiness and passion into the same role that makes her the perfect complement to Ronan. [4.5]
  • Technicality: Gerwig continues to shine as an up-and-coming director and her talent for telling coming-of-age stories matches her own growth from acting to directing. This film uses a lot of close-ups to highlight the subtle emotions felt by the characters and creative shots to transition between the two time frames of the film. Gerwig is one of the most talented new directors and deservedly so. [4.5]
  • Rewatchability: Period dramas aren’t my favorite genre, but there is something about this film that went down very smoothly and will likely encourage multiple viewings over the years. It’s a shame that Gerwig’s talent for giving a voice to women resulted in her own voice being drowned out by men. But that doesn’t diminish the feat and makes it even more worth a rewatch. [4.5]

Total – [18.0/20.0]

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