‘Little Women’ Lives Up to Hype

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Emma Tyler, Staff Writer

When I first heard about the upcoming remake of “Little Women” my first thought was that only middle-aged mothers were going to see this movie with their daughters. I was proven wrong the moment I walked into an extremely diverse full theatre. After seeing the film, I completely understand all of the hype. Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” is dramatic, witty, and at times even touching.

The story of “Little Women” follows Jo (Sairose Ronan), a young female writer and her family as they learn important lessons about growing up and living in the 1860s.

Coming from a person who had never read the book, and also gets confused easily with language from the 19th century, I was concerned that I would be confused throughout the movie. To my surprise, I understood the movie completely. Gerwig brilliantly mixed modern language into the script to make the film easier to understand for all audiences. I was delighted when I noticed this since she didn’t overuse the modern language to a point where it made the film feel less authentic.

Though I haven’t read the book, I’m aware that the character of Amy is often seen as obnoxious. Louisa May Alcott, the original writer of the novel, does not portray Amy in a particularly flattering way. However, in the film, she is taken a little less seriously and instead is seen as comic relief. In fact, I thought that Amy was the most interesting character in the movie. Both Greta Gerwig and Florence Pugh, the actress who plays Amy, are amazing at both acting out and writing her character. I really enjoyed this character choice and it had me leave the theatre feeling good about her happy ending.

The only issue I had with this movie is the timeline. “Little Women” is non-sequential, which I thought was an extremely cool way to pursue the story. Even though I found this style very interesting, it caused me to have a difficult time understanding the correct sequence of events. Even though Gerwig used colored filters to represent the past and present, she still didn’t give an exact time and date. This caused me to miss out on some important dialogue since I was too focused on figuring out what point in time we were in.

“Little Women” was a visual and elegant masterpiece that will be watched for years to come. Although confusing at times, this film makes up for it with amazing writing and acting. I truly recommend this movie to anyone looking for a quality drama film.