Little Women

Little Women

DVD - 2020
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Writer-director Greta Gerwig has crafted a film that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott and unfolds as the author2s alter ego, Jo March reflects back and forth on her fictional life. In Gerwig2s 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.
Publisher: Culver City, California : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2020]
Edition: DVD widescreen version.
Copyright Date: ©2020, 2019
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (135 min.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm.
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madeline62
Sep 24, 2020

This movie was not that bad but I will say that the one in 1994 was better:)!!!

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SAPL454
Sep 18, 2020

An intense relationship between sisters that succumbs almost all human difficulties in their lives.

VaughanPLDavidB Sep 11, 2020

Having just read the book, I can't help but review this film adaptation in opposition to it, and I do mean opposition. Firstly, the casting. Though Louisa May Alcott did not say so explicitly, her readers always understood that Jo March was plain looking, yet they cast Saoirse Ronan in that role, who is anything but. In fact, I might have had her and Emma Watson switch roles. Secondly, people watch costume dramas to be immersed in the period. The settings and the costumes might have been correct, but 21st century vocabulary and accents are not appropriate to 19th century characters. While I understand that it is nearly impossible to tell an entire novel within the restrictions of a two-hour movie, the episodes that the writer/director included seemed to have been chosen almost at random, and i found the unnecessary jumping back and forth in the timeline made the story very hard to follow, much harder I would think for those who hadn't read the book. It was made even more difficult by having adult women playing the roles of adolescent girls. The writer far too frequently gave the characters words and thoughts they never uttered, often words and thoughts that would likely never have occurred to these characters, like Amy complaining that women have no way of making their way independently in the world, something that would never have crossed the mind of her literary counterpart. Finally, bizarrely, the movie character Jo is made to act entirely out of character by going back on a marriage proposal she previously rejected, simply because she is lonely, something the literary Jo March never seriously considered. You'd think that a 21st century female director would not so blatantly compromise the integrity of the main female character; definitely disappointing. Finally, I have perhaps a petty objection to the school Jo ran as being for boys AND girls. Jo of the book had an affinity for boys and their energy and recklessness, being so "boyish" herself. They ought to have stuck to the original boys school depicted in the book. To sum up; while this is a beautifully shot and costumed movie, I can't recommend it.

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Enlightened888
Sep 06, 2020

Although some of the acting is very good (Meryl & Laura), overall I do not feel that this remake was as good as either the original nor the previous version. The acting by the young girls is not convincing. I lost interest after about the first 15 minutes.

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maipenrai
Sep 05, 2020

Wonderful, marvelous!!! I have seen 7 earlier versions of "Little Women", and by far liked this one the best. It humanizes the girls and their mother and demonstrated the constricted choices for women during the 1860's. Highly recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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carolepines
Aug 22, 2020

"Little brats!" We got about 1/3 of the way through and just got tired of all the screaming and juvenile behaviour. I have loved Saoirse Ronan in other films, so I looked forward to seeing this one. But just couldn't take the director's vision - too saccharine, too Hallmark-card-like, and the girls just never stopped jabbering nonstop and piling on top of each other - this was supposed to be 'charmingly boisterous and high-spirited' but came off just plain annoying. I've never read the book, but may go back and read it now to find out what it was supposed to be like.

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vickmeister
Aug 22, 2020

I was disappointed in this retelling of the classic Alcott novel. While visually it is everything that you would want or expect, I feel that the film is negatively impacted by the directorial choice to not film a straight narrative but to constantly jump back and forth around different time periods. Even as someone who knows the story well, with each new scene I found myself having to think, "Ok, now where are we??" I found it made things very confusing and made it difficult to build empathy for any of the characters. I found Ronan an annoying, abrasive Jo, and Scanlen so muted as Beth that she had no personality whatsoever. I also didn't understand the choice to use the same actress to portray Amy as both child and adult. While believable enough as an adult, it was bizarre to have this flat, deep-voiced "child" chattering about limes. I thought the rest of the supporting cast were good. I also felt like this version was overlaid with a feminist perspective that got heavy-handed at times. (And this coming from a feminist.) Jo's independence is important to the story but I wasn't impressed, and at the end I didn't really care about any of them. I much preferred the 1994 version starring Winona Ryder.

IndyPL_AlexM Aug 19, 2020

No, I have not read the book. Yes, I watched this because of the cast and director (Soairse Ronan and Timothee Chalamet reunited? Sign me up.) Although unfamiliar with this classic, I was incredibly surprised to find myself laughing and crying so easily throughout the storyline. It captures humor and heartache so naturally that I must give credit to a fantastic script and actors. I would watch this time and time again.

LPL_EricaS Aug 18, 2020

I was lamenting yet another version of Little Women being released, but I have to say this is my favorite one. I loved the joy and playfulness of the rowdy, creative sisters and I actually liked that the movie focused more on the beauty of Beth's life than on the tragedy. I watched this with my tween and we agree that this is one of the best movies we've seen in quite a while.

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Fuzzy_Slippers
Aug 10, 2020

Such a beautiful story! I found the movie a little hard to follow with the jumping back and forth through time (I had to rely on subtle things like hair styles to figure out when the scene was taking place) but otherwise a wonderful movie!

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jimg2000
Aug 04, 2020

35 quotes in IMDb already ... thanks to its contributors:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3281548/quotes/?tab=qt&ref_=tt_trv_qu

Here is a couple more not in IMDb:

It's so dreadful being poor. It's not fair. How come some girls have pretty things and others have nothing at all?
- We have Father, Mother and each other.
We haven't got Father for as long as this war drags on.
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Where is Marmee? I'm starving.
-Goodness only knows. Some poor creature came a-begging. Your ma set off to see what was needed. I wish she could help others at a time convenient to us.
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Jo, you love him.
- What?! No, no, I don't.
Yes, you do! I am half as smart as you, but I can see it so plainly. You love him.

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aidualc604
Jul 09, 2020

“Your one beauty!”

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dmasterson
May 11, 2020

"It's possible to be right and foolish."

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dmasterson
May 11, 2020

"I've had lots of troubles, so I write jolly tales"

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dmasterson
May 11, 2020

" I want to be great or nothing"

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dmasterson
May 11, 2020

"I suppose marriage has always been an economic proposition. Even in fiction."

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dmasterson
May 11, 2020

"I can't get over my disappointment at being a girl."

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dmasterson
May 11, 2020

"Don't go quietly, fight! Please fight to the end, be LOUD! Don't just quietly go away!"

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dmasterson
May 11, 2020

I may not always be right, but I am never wrong.

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dmasterson
May 11, 2020

" I'd rather be a free spinster and paddle my own canoe."

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