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Little women movie review.

ByLucy Mwelu

Mar 3, 2022

I have always been a fan of romance. It is always a joy shouting at characters when they are being blind and stubborn or cheering them on when they finally come to their senses and chase after the one who loved them all along. As far as fairy tales go, we are led to believe that love is a straight line; that the ones who bump into each other in the street or in a school hallway are the ones who will walk down the aisle together or waltz in the rain. It is rare to find a love story with twists and turns normally; we know the ending before the first act is done. But what happens when a writer borrows from real life-their own life? What happens when we see what love, in its unglorified form, looks like on a page or a screen?


Little Women follows the tale of the four March sisters; Jo, Beth, Hannah, and Amy, in the 1860s. During this time, women are yet to be fully seen as more than child bearers and home keepers. In order to lead a comfortable life, a woman either has to be rich or marry rich, and since the former is extremely rare (unless you inherit your family’s wealth), the latter is normally encouraged. Now, the March family is not well off, but they do get by, and throughout the film, they can be seen sharing with those who have nothing at all. Their warm, ferocious spirit attracts the attention of Theodore, the grandson of a neighboring wealthy man. He strikes a close friendship with Jo March, creating a bridge between the two families. Jo, the writer in the family, makes it clear from the beginning that she does not wish to get married; she wants to materialize her dream of being a famous author in a world where women are designed only to love and nothing else. To her, marriage is where creativity goes to die. So when Theodore finally wears his emotions on his sleeve, we hold our breaths and wait to see whether love conquers all or whether we delude ourselves that it does.


The film possesses fleshed-out characters. It is easy to relate with how they feel and the actions they take because they are relatable. The domesticated lives of these women have not been exaggerated or romanticized. Their day-to-day lives contain heartaches, losses, war, poverty, inequality, family dynamics, and feel-good moments. It does not allow us to drown in despair or sympathy, and at the same time, it does not paint their world with rainbows.
The costumes, language, and setting were tailored to bring out the 1860s. Even the camera work played a role, making the film appear paler, older.
Also, the back and forth form of storytelling helps navigate the story at a mysterious pace that makes the experience all the while enjoyable.


There are characters who did not get much screen time. It would have been enjoyable to see the relationship between Beth and Theodore’s grandfather flourish; their father-daughter dynamic was short-lived, and it was hard to believe that they had formed such a strong bond through their few interactions. The girls’ father also had little time on the screen. Granted, the film was about the March sisters, but it would have helped to learn about what role their father played in molding them into becoming women.

Cast, release dates and writers.

Little Women is a novel written by Louisa May Alcott. It was adapted on screen by Greta Gerwig and was debuted in 2019. It stars Saoirse Ronan (Jo March), Timothee Chalamet (Theodore ‘Laurence), Florence Pugh (Amy March), Emma Watson (Meg March), Meryl Streep (Aunt March), and Eliza Scanlen (Beth March). Little Women has been adapted on the screen six times; the 2019 version was the seventh.

Last remarks.

It is hard to have limited choices; it is even harder when you have to choose between your dreams and a comfortable life or love. These four women, with all their talent and passion, attempted their luck at both at a time when it was hard to do so. If you enjoy a coming-of-age story coupled with tangible romance, feel-good family moments, and real-life obstacles, then curl up on your couch and accompany these Little Women on their journey to discovery.


If you enjoy such films, then take a look at the Bridgeton series and the following films; Harriet, Emma, Young Victoria, and Far from the Madding Crowd.



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