Theatrical Reviews

Little Women Review

Little Women 1

Studio:
Sony Pictures Releasing   

What’s It About?
Based on the Louisa May Alcott classic, it tells the story of four sisters growing up in Massachussetts, who are confironted with some stark choices around their future prospects, and return home when one of the family becomes ill.   

Who’s In It?
Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, Brooklyn, Lady Bird, & more recently Mary, Queen Of Scots)
Florence Pugh (The Falling, Outlaw King, Fighting With My Family, & more recently Midsommar)   

Other notables include:
Emma Watson (Harry Potter 1-8, Noah, & more recently Beauty And The Beast)
Timothee Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name,  Lady Bird, Beautiful Boy, & more recently The King)   

Director: Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird)   

Audiences Expect:
Following her acclaimed debut feature Lady Bird, which also happened to star Saoirse Ronan, Greta Gerwig has returned in some style with this retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s classic tale. 
Set in nineteenth century New England, Little Women tells of the struggle and relative fortunes of four sisters – The Marchs. Introduced to them in this version as adults, The Marchs, comprise of very different characters – Jo (Ronan), who is very much a free spirited, independent woman who has aspirations of becoming a writer, the more reserved and considered Meg (Watson), who marries for love rather than money, the shy and unconfident Beth (Scanlen) and the more impetuous Amy (Pugh).
The family is essentially headed by the good-hearted Marmie (Dern) while her husband is away fighting in the Civil War, so money is constantly on the minds of all concerned, but is it better to have a career, or to get married? And if a career, should it be the right type of career, and if love, should it be for love or stability?
Fortunately, or should that be unfortunately, the mesmeric Timothee Chalamet is around to flit in and out of their world, and potentially turn their lives upside down as the charismatic Laurie. 
With plenty of difficulties from life thrown at them, Little Women is a fascinating study of these young women and the struggles they face, told and portrayed in an extremely warm, modern and thrilling way by the already impressive Greta Gerwig.
All the cast shine, notably leads Saorise Ronan and Florence Pugh, but everyone from Timothee Chalamet and Laura Dern to Chris Cooper and Meryl Streep deliver in this delightful retelling.   

In A Nutshell:
Thanks, in part, to some scintillating performances, Greta Gerwig has delivered an incredibly warm, touching and relevant retelling of the classic story.   

Highlight:
The performances across the board, but particularly Florence Pugh and Saoirse Ronan
The warmth, energy and relevance director Greta Gerwig has imbued in this retelling  

Lowpoint:
N/A

Certificate: U

EDITOR’S CHOICE