Cinema Sunday is a weekly meme that I’m really excited about participating in. Thanks Jessica @ Escape 2 Fiction for creating this!!
As someone familiar with the story and has watched several adaptations in the past, I was surprised when I first entered the film to see Jo March living in New York, trying to sell her stories. Soon enough, I realized that it was a film that followed two timelines, the present March family and reflections of the past. While I was initially uncertain about how I felt about Greta Gerwig’s choice to mix up the timeline, my worries were soon extinguished the moment I realized that it was an ingenious decision. The present events were linked together with flashbacks and memories in such a way that it evoked emotion and deeper understanding for the characters actions and motives.
My heart ached and rejoiced for the family. I love Marmey and Beth was such a precious angel. Emma Watson played Meg just as I pictured her to be. And I was really moved by Florence Pughe’s portrayal of Amy March. She truly changed my view of who Amy is, while still bringing anger in me for her flaw, instills a sense of sympathy in the way she is misunderstood. Unlike previous adaptations, Amy grows so much into a respectable and compassionate young woman that I felt a will to cheer her on. I loved how Florence takes the seeming villain of the story and add her own flares and flourishes to give her a new dimension. Finally, Saoirse Ronan does a spectacular job at playing Jo to be larger than life. While I see the wild parts of her Lady Bird in her Jo March, she creates a more nuanced and complex image of the most prominent March sister. She portrays naivety and brashness that somehow complements so well with her selflessness and her value of family.
Timothee Chalamet and Soarse Ronan are a pair to be reckoned with. I loved seeing them together; their chemistry felt real and wholesome. And while I always sad to see the story take its course, it’s the first time in my life where I finally agreed to see them go on separate paths. It was heartbreaking to see Teddy have his heart broken and then to see Jo have the same happen to hers seven years later, but a part of me finally understood it was for the best.
I think it’s also the first time where I realized how much Little women is a social commentary on society, and this made me love the story even more. Jo’s refusal to marry or Amy’s life goal of marrying rich was something I never truly understood until now.
“Don’t sit there and tell me that marriage isn’t an economic proposition”
This was my favourite adaptation of the Little Women and I applaud the cinematic decisions made and the talented acting. In the past, I loved Little Women but wasn’t a huge star-struck fan, but I believe this film has changed that. Not only do the actresses and actors do an incredible job at bringing these well-beloved characters to life but Greta Gerwig took a family classic and spun it into an incredible movie that captures so many themes and motifs all at once.
There are very few movies I am willing to rewatch, but Little Women is one of them. I definitely recommend if you enjoy the story!
I highly recommend reading this article after you finished the movie: The power of Greta Gerwig’s Little Women is that it doesn’t pretend its marriages are romantic