Sun, 16 Jun, 2024


Movie Review : Little Women


By Amshu Upreti

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Little Women is a 2019 American coming-of-age period drama film written and directed by Greta Gerwig. Originally written by Louisa May Alcott, the novel Little Women has a special spot among novel enthusiasts. Just by looking through the cast members, you would want to leap into the movie. It stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern, Timothée Chalamet, Meryl Streep, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, James Norton, Louis Garrel, and Chris Cooper. The movie portrays the lives of March sister- Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth during the 19th century.

The movie beautifully captures women’s independence, freedom, sisterhood, and dreams. The sisters are unique in their own way, Jo is free-spirited, Megh is the loving and caring big sister, Amy artistic and Beth the sweetest and musical of them all. Society claims a woman alone can never succeed and earn enough to have a comfortable life, so as a solution they present marriage. This line from the movie makes it more clear “I’m just a woman. And as a woman, I have no way to make money, not enough to earn a living and support my family. Even if I had my own money, which I don’t, it would belong to my husband the minute we were married. If we had children they would belong to him, not me. They would be his property. So don’t sit there and tell me that marriage isn’t an economic proposition, because it is.” There are plenty of lessons you get from this movie, the fight of a woman into marking her name in the society, heartaches, loneliness, and many more. A great story about the love between family, mother-daughter, father-daughter, sister-sister, and lovers. During the movie I found myself lunging forward to grab a notebook and write the lines spoken by the characters. I loved the quote “Just because my dreams are different than yours, doesn't mean they're unimportant". As an individual we all have different dreams, for some of us, it may be to reach certain heights whereas it might be finding peace and love for others and we should never give up on them. The struggles of adolescence around love, dreams, desires, and disappointments is on point. Gerwig did justice to the novel and delivers in her reimagination of Little Women. Why did I wait this long to watch this movie? I'm glad that I watched it and recommend everyone to give it a shot. The past and present sequence is simple and not much complex for the viewers to grasp. Major events take place which saddens the audience. The impressive cast has done an amazing job being true to their characters. Before I spoil anything why don’t you hurry up and watch it?

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