Little Women on the Big Screen for the Millionth Time

Greta Gerwig's adaptation of the classic book, Little Women

There are twelve different adaptations of the classic book Little Women but the newest one staring Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chalamet made it big. Greta Gerwig’s adaptation revives the book beautifully as a coming-of-age movie and sibling-rivalry movie. The story follows Jo March, played by Saoirse Ronan, through her life as she chases her dreams to become a writer all in the company of her 3 other sisters.

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Picture used for the movie poster for the 2019 Adaptation of Little Women.

The movie begins with an introduction of all the sisters. Each scene telling stories about each of their characters and their interests. It begins with Jo in an old 1800’s publishing building where her novel is being reviewed. The following scene shows Amy played by Florence Pugh, in a beautiful field as she does what she is best known for – art. This scene is followed by an introduction of the famous character Laurie, played by Timothee Chalamet, as Amy finds him on the road and invites him to a party. After, we see Meg, played by Emma Watson, taking an interest in the various clothing and fabric around her which shows her love of fashion. Lastly, it transitions to the last sister Beth, played by Eliza Scanlen, as she plays the piano. We see each sister coming to life through this wonderful adaptation of the classic book.

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Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet in Greta Gerwig’s Little Women.

As the story progresses for the four sisters, the whole story takes life. With a wonderful setting, costume design and cinematography, there is no doubt that it was nominated for several academy awards. The natural 1860s sets never cease to amaze throughout the entire movie. From the March’s house to the fields beyond it, the story is tied together with an understanding of the lifestyle during the Little Women storyline. Every scene is filled with life as they tell the story.

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The four sisters in Little Women displaying Jacqueline Durran’s costume choices.

No doubt, one of the biggest parts of this movie was the costume design. This alone was enough to make the movie as spectacular as it was. Although it’s not surprising Jacqueline Durran, who famously designed costumes for Pride & Prejudice and Atonement, was able to come through for this film. She explains her thought and process as she envisions each character and brings each one alive by giving them their very own, beautiful style. Not one character ever looks similar or bland throughout this movie and each costume shows us who each character really is. For example, we see Jo wearing more functional and simple dresses throughout the film while we see Amy and Meg wearing much bigger and colorful dresses. Jacqueline Durran as the best choice for this movie and there was no question that Greta Gerwig’s adaptation won Best Costume Design at the Oscars.

Finally, the movie is wrapped up with such beautiful acting and emotion displayed throughout the entire film. Every scene and character seemed to display the mood of every scene and never failed to tell the story in the most emotional and enlightening ways. Greta Gerwig’s adaptation definitely deserved all the hype it gained whether it was for the actors, the costumes or just love for the classic book. Gerwig understood the meaning of Little Women and brought it to life in the best ways possible.