Little Women movie review

Greta Gerwig directs the new film adaptation of the classic tale Little Women


“We can’t stop God’s will.”

God hasn’t met my will yet. What Jo wills shall be done.” 

A simple phrase that encapsulates the true ambition and sheer will of Jo March, that is also reflected in the director and screenwriter of Little Women, Greta Gerwig. 

Little Women has been considered a literary classic for decades, with a timeless story that will always relate to the modern world. It has been told and retold time and time again, continuously drawing in a new generation with each retelling. The newest adaption is no exception.  

Gerwig establishes a true 19th century environment while also making it feel as if the story of the four March sisters is happening in present day. The distinguished cast with actors such as Meryll Streep, Emma Watson and Laura Dern truly helps aide in this modernization, creating a sense of familiarity for the audience. Paired with newer and younger actors such as Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet, there is still an added freshness to the classic tale. 

The story follows the four March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy and their adventures in their small town. The four girls personalities could not differ more; Meg caring and refined, Jo outspoken and determined, Beth quiet and reserved, and Amy wistful and creative. With such clashing personalities one would expect constant clashing, but what is created is perfectly orchestrated chaos. A bond between sisters that that can withstand the test of time makes it effortless to root for the success of the four girls. 

Gerwig shone in her role as both the director and screenwriter, instantly surprising the audience with time jumps between where the story ended and where the story started. The effect keeps audiences on the edge of their seats wondering where the story will take them next, while simultaneously making them wish it would never end. The old and the new storylines meet graciously together at just the right instant, creating a magical moment of both the known and unknown bridging together. 

The movie is a traditional story, told in a time-honored fashion that seamlessly relates to the modern day viewer. Whether an audience member sees a part of themselves in Meg, Jo, Beth, or Amy, a personal connection with the movie will be formed.  No matter if someone has never heard the story or they’ve heard it a million times Gerwig’s adaptation of Little Women is sure to leave an enchanting spell on everyone who sees it, making them want to come back and see it again.