Director: Greta Gerwig
Writer/s: Greta Gerwig, Louisa May Alcott
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Emma Watson, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern, Timothée Chalamet, and more.
I simply have to open up this review by laying praise for Greta Gerwig. Her last film, “Lady Bird” is solidified in my memory as one of my favorite films and resonated with me to this day. Now we have her next film, “Little Women.” A story I am unfamiliar with and one that did not catch my attention as “Lady Bird” did despite boasting quite a fantastic cast. With a Best Picture nomination, it is now time for an Oberrated review.
“Jo March reflects back and forth on her life, telling the beloved story of the March sisters – four young women each determined to live life on their own terms.”
If I were to be completely honest, if “Little Women” was not nominated for Best Picture, I probably would not have seen this as soon as I did. I missed it in theaters and I probably would have only seen it if it hit streaming services. For some reason it did not have the allure that “Lady Bird” did but my oh my, I am happy that the course of events happened the way that they did because I loved this film. Greta has done an incredible job in her short directorial career thus far and to do such an amazing job with a film styled in the way of “Little Women” blows me away.
As I would expect with such an impressive cast, the performances from literally each and every actor was phenomenal. Starting at lead is Saoirse Ronan. Already familiar with Gerwig’s directorial ways, Ronan was once again excellent in “Little Women” as she was in “Lady Bird”.
Next to her is Florence Pugh, a woman who has continued to shake Hollywood to its core with her performances ranging from indies to comedies to period pieces. To be honest, I was so impressed with Pugh’s performance that she is Ronan’s equal or maybe even better.
As the male lead, Timothée Chalamet is excellent. He makes the chemistry with the March family so fluid and effortless. It was nearly a joy to watch him in every scene. He is yet another up and coming young actor who has been blowing away each award caliber performance.
Laura Dern plays the mother of the sisters, Marmee March. Honestly, I loved Dern in this film so much that after I was finished viewing “Little Women” I was shocked to see that Dern was nominated for “Marriage Story” rather than “Little Women.”
Lastly, the remainder of the cast is truly heart warming and a joy to watch in each of their own unique ways. This remainder includes Emma Watson, Eliza Scanlen, and Tracy Letts.
The story for “Little Women” is by far the second best thing going for it next to the plethora of fantastic performances. I had my doubts that I may not have been as invested in this movie from the surface judgement I made from the trailer but I was far from right. The story telling of the March family was heart-warming and heart-wrenching at the same time. Plenty of ups and downs to keep my attention while also really appreciating the chemistry that the ensemble of woman had with each plus Chalamet.
Greta, you are fantastic and I will never doubt your power ever again. Write and direct a movie about painting walls and I will be all systems go, I swear. “Little Women” is a wonderful film about the March family whom of which are filled with nothing but dreams and big ambition. I thoroughly enjoyed my viewing and would love to watch again sometime.
- For real tho, why wasn’t Laura Dern nominated for this movie?!
- I can’t stress enough how impressed I am with Florence Pugh.
- Greta the Great
- Chalamet deserves his break from film. I’m excited for his 2020 year but he has been a constant powerhouse in film.
- One scene in particular shattered my heart and made some tears roll down my face.
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