Little Women Review


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An illustration inspired by a scene in the novel “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott

“Little Women” was released on Christmas Day. It was directed by Greta Gerwig, and it made $29 million in the box office on opening week.

“Little Women” (2019) is an adaption of the 1868 novel of the same title by Louisa May Alcott. There were nine adaptations to the novel before the 2019 film was released.

At the beginning of the movie, it shows the March girls out in society, which is how Alcott’s book ended. Jo March, the passionate writer, is attempting to have her story published in the paper while the youngest sister, Amy March, paints in a park in France, where she finds her childhood neighbor and crush, Laurie. The oldest sister, Meg March, watches her children play as she thinks about the dress she can’t afford.

The most beloved character is Amy March, portrayed by Florence Pugh, who was nominated for an Oscar for “Actress in a Supporting Role.” A memorable scene is when Amy gets a cut on her hand from her teacher for acting out. Laurie and his mentor greets her from their window. When Laurie says his name, Amy responds, “I know, you brought my sister back after the dance. I would have never [sprained] my ankle. I have lovely, small feet\; the best in the family. But now, I can never go home!” She raises her hand, showing her cut inflicted by her teacher as she shouts and sniffles, “Look!”

She begins hilariously crying in the snow before Laurie lets her in. It’s one of the most lighthearted and comedic scenes of the movies. It’s a moment of pure innocence between young Laurie and Amy.

But when he was a teenager, Laurie was madly in love with Amy’s older sister, Jo, portrayed by Saorise Ronan, who was nominated for an Oscar for “Actress in a Leading Role.” He loved her for years before making his feelings known. However, Jo repelled the idea of marriage and ever-lasting love. She believed that she could live her life alone and be happy. She was characterized as an independent, free-spirited artist. After her father returned from serving in the Civil War, she moved to New York to pursue her writing career.

“Little Women” has been nominated for six Academy Awards, eight Critics’ Choice Awards and won a Critics’ Choice Award (Renee Zellweger as “Judy” for Best Actress.)