FIRST LOOK: Little Women (2019)

The eighth film adaptation.

How many great books are there out there never get even one adaptation, but soon we’ll be seeing #8 for a single novel published in 1868.

Little Women is rated PG and receiving early positive reviews and award scene buzz.

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, Eliza Scanlen, with Timothée Chalamet as their neighbor Laurie, Laura Dern as Marmee, and Meryl Streep as Aunt March.

Rotten Tomatoes movie info

Movies based in the 1860s are not typically my cup of tea. This one is based in New England in 1860. Here’s the official trailer:

Little Women official trailer

My reaction to the trailer? Meryl Streep! She adds +2 in anticipation for me in any film she’s in, even if the subject matter is otherwise not that compelling to me. Sisters coming of age and one of them is a writer? Ok, I could get into that. The trailer is alright, nothing spectacular, but it doesn’t seem to give away a bunch of key plot points, so that’s appreciated.

The TV show Little House on the Prairie was set in same 1860s era and based on a novel by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I enjoyed watching that TV show when I was younger, often it focused on family stories on the farm. The stories were often well written, had good characters, often leaving me with some type of moral message. They were entertaining shows, even though I couldn’t readily identify with the harsh environment of the 1860s compared to 100 years later when I grew up.

I haven’t read Little Women and haven’t seen even one of the other seven movies, so I’ll be watching this one with zero frame of reference to past works.

Are you interested in watching Little Women in the theaters, waiting for streaming, planning to skip altogether, or still on the fence waiting more audience reviews?

Little Women opens wide in theaters on December 25, 2019.

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