Little Women hits the big screen


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Movie poster for Little Women, Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Little Women is about the domestic struggles of four sisters who live in Boston, Massachusetts, during the American Civil War.

Meg March (Emma Watson) is the oldest, she is the most mature and is ready to have a family of her own. Jo March (Saoirse Ronan) is the second oldest and is the most improper of the sisters. Amy March (Florence Pugh) is the third oldest and her dream is to become a famous painter. The youngest sister is Beth March (Eliza Scanlen) who is very softspoken, gentle and loves to play the piano.

The March sisters befriend their neighbor’s grandson, Laurie (Timothée Chalamet), who quickly begins to hang out with Jo the most.

Throughout the movie you see the sisters grow up and try to form lives of their own, but when the youngest sister Beth gets sick, Jo and Meg must come home to help their mother (Laura Dern) take care of her.

Ronan’s performance as Jo March was extremely emotional and moving. Jo struggles with trying to make a living for herself with her writing in New York and not being taken seriously because she is a young woman.  Jo also struggles with the expectation to marry when marriage does not sound appealing to her. Ronan did a wonderful job of portraying these emotions.

Another thing I loved about this movie was the scenery. The houses, mansions, and flowers made me feel like I was really there. The way the movie’s color scheme would shift to warm colors when the sisters would reflect back on their childhood added something extra to the viewer’s experience and made the story easier to follow along with.

This movie adaptation stayed very close to the original novel by Louisa May Alcott, while also adding a couple of things to make the movie even more enjoyable.

I can honestly say that this movie was phenomenal and the casting was perfect.