We were so excited to send several Enza’s Bargains readers and a guest to an early reception to the Little Woman Advance Screening in Kansas City! Besides that we sent our writer Myla Tosatto to write and share her Little Women Review with all of you! Please read it below!
Little Women Review
Movie Myla has a VERY HIGH (perhaps the highest) bar for the telling of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. Sure, you can remake and remake and remake i, but if it isn’t going to live up to the original 1868 novel or the second movie version, why do it? Alcott’s story is perfect and 1949’s June Allyson as Jo, Margaret O’Brien (Beth), Elizabeth Taylor (Amy), and Janet Leigh (Meg) are sublime. But then, like a holiday miracle, something incredible happens. A classic can be remade and it can be one of the best movies in 2019 (one of the best in the decade, actually). Coming off her divine Lady Bird, Greta Gertwig has written and directed Little Women and made the 150 year old story new and fresh. She didn’t have to employ stunt casting or set it in modern times or use any gimmicks (besides flash backs) to remain true to the beloved novel.
Gertwig once again casts Saorise Ronan (why wouldn’t she after the magic they made in Lady Bird?). I do not have enough praise to lay on Ms. Ronan. Transcendent? Divine? Perfect? Yes, I will go with perfect. Her Jo is passion and empathy and exasperation and impatience and strength all rolled up in the best role model that a child can have. She lends weight to her cinema sisters Meg (Emma Watson), Amy (Florence Pugh*), and Beth (Eliza Scanlen). The relationships are fully fleshed out and make you realize that not much has changed where siblings are concerned since 1886. Laura Dern, Timothee Chalamet, Bob Odenkirk, James Norton, Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper round out the rest of the cast but the movie truly belongs to our Little Women.
Please, please, please go see this movie. And take your kids and their friends. And your friends. Just go see it. You will thank me. I like to be thanked.
* I have never seen Ms. Pugh in a movie but I am now a huge fan. Oh, Amy, you deserve someone like her to play you. I’m glad you found each other.
(Written by Myla Tosatto)
About Little Women
Writer-director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) has crafted a Little Women that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life. In Gerwig’s take, the beloved story of the March sisters—four young women each determined to live life on her own terms—is both timeless and timely. Portraying Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth March, the film stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, and Eliza Scanlen, with Timothée Chalamet as their neighbor Laurie, Laura Dern as Marmee, and Meryl Streep as Aunt March.
Directed by Greta Gerwig. Screenplay by Greta Gerwig. Based on the Novel by Louisa May Alcott. Produced by Amy Pascal, Denise Di Novi and Robin Swicord. Executive Producers are Adam Merims, Evelyn O’Neill, Rachel O’Connor and Arnon Milchan. The film stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern, Timothée Chalamet, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, James Norton, Louis Garrel, with Chris Cooper and Meryl Streep.
Little Women started playing in theaters on December 25, 2019! Watch the trailer below! Check out how to save money at B&B theaters!