I somehow had gotten through 28 years of life without knowing a single facet of the plot of Little Women. Never read it, didn’t know the characters names, honestly I pictured it as Little House on the Prairie, another property I know nothing about.
So I jumped in head first and I can say without a shadow of a doubt, it is a literal crime against women that Greta Gerwig wasn’t nominated for an oscar and Quentin Tarantino was.
I assume the movies follows most of the plot of the book. Four sisters grow up and discover that their childhood friendships are different than the adulthood they imagined plus an added bonus of late 1800s sexism towards the kinder gender.
But the movie itself is beautiful! The color changes between past and present, the sets, the costumes, a gorgeous balance with a fantastic score. A small drama with sharp dialogue and a nice twist of an ending, if you can call it that.
As far as acting goes, Ronan and Pugh hit it out of the park. No surprise involving their well earned nominations. This is the first time I’ve seen Timothee Chalamet act and I want to say I truly get it. I understand now.
There are a few hiccups. Some dialogue just does not work. Like Bob Odenkirk coming out of nowhere and announcing “My Little Women!” Emma Watson seems to think that acting is just making your eyebrows move and smiling or frowning. Hard to see such wooden acting from a ‘star’.
But overall a great experience for me. I have to read the book at some point.
3.5 out of 4 stars