Meet the March sisters.
Meg (Emma Watson) is the eldest. She works as a governess and also helps around her family’s home when her mother is away. Because of her father’s social standing in their town, she decides to launch herself into society. The fact that she is beautiful is only a bonus, though it sometimes makes her come off as snobby.
Considered to be the most shy and quiet out of the lot, Beth, (Eliza Scanlen) is the peacemaker between her sisters and has an affinity for music. She is kind to everyone she comes into contact with and chooses to live each day as if it was her last.
Amy, (Florence Pugh), is the youngest. Often not taken seriously by her family and peers, she acts out and allows her insecurities to get the better of her. Her greatest passion in life is art. Being able to express herself through painting gives her that outlet she needs and allows her to grow in the process.
And then there’s Jo (Saoirse Ronan), the aspiring author who has a wild imagination and dreams of one day of having her work published. Known as the tomboy, Jo claims that she does not need a man to make her happy, much to the dismay of her father. Despite her rebellious ways, she is undoubtedly the glue that holds everyone together.
Based on the classic tale by the same name, this retelling of Little Women sticks very closely to the original story. However, director Greta Gerwig does incorporate some more modern aspects that help update the plot and bring it into the twenty first century.
Uplifting, inspiring and heartwarming are only a few of the words that I would use to describe this movie. The cast of talented women work well off each other, weaving the younger members with veterans Laura Dern as Marmee and Meryl Streep as Aunt March together. Timothée Chalamet is a wonderful addition as Laurie too.
Little Women is one of those films that gives you feeling that you just spent the day with your best friend. It will envelope you in a big hug that is never-ending.