The latest adaptation of the classic novel Little Women is about to hit theatres later this year, and it looks like it could possibly be the best rendition of the story yet.
Greta Gerwig’s version of the beloved 1868 novel of the same name is scheduled for theatrical release on December 25, but some reviewers are already sharing their thoughts after being lucky enough to cop early screenings of the film.
Little Women (2019) is the sixth feature film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, in addition to a whopping nine television versions and a handful of stage shows and musical renditions. We last saw the story told on the big screen in 1994 with an all-star cast including Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst and Christian Bale. So to say that Greta Gerwig has huge shoes to fill is a major understatement.
The 2019 rendition features an equally impressive cast including Saorise Ronan, Timothee Chalamet, Laura Dern, Emma Watson and even Meryl Streep. By my scientific calculations, if you put that many great actors in a film together, it’s bound to be a good one.
Little Women is and always has been a coming-of-age story about four sisters struggling with financial and health complications during the Civil War, but this adaptation will see Oscar-nominee Greta Gerwig put her own spin on the classic novel.
The film isn’t even officially released for another two months, but Gerwig is already receiving a world of praise from the SAG Nominating Committee for being “fierce” and “distinct in vision”, according to Awards Ace.
#LittleWomen is delightful, Saorise Ronan is at her best ever & while she doesn’t send any boys to death in a burning bear suit, @Florence_Pugh makes Meryl Streep her bitch. Greta Gerwig kicks ass behind the camera yet again. Emma Watson tries.— ????????????Jakob ????Kolness ???????????? (@JakobKolness) October 23, 2019
Two bonnets up! #littlewomenmovie pic.twitter.com/TmkCmNLdyx
Greta Gerwig's @LittleWomen is wonderful. A loving, meticulously-crafted adaptation that exceeded my expectations. Heartfelt, moving and a terrific showcase for its extremely talented cast and beloved source material. pic.twitter.com/NwcMmnx9Pg— Kara Warner (@karawarner) October 24, 2019
#LittleWomen: Gerwig makes this material her own in delightful ways you’d expect and some adult-meditation-on-childhood ways I didn’t. So rewarding to see the ease with which she paints on this canvas and that she (or any director these days) was given it.— Chris O'Falt (@cofalt) October 24, 2019
So I've seen Little Women twice now and it's one of my very favorite movies of the year. Greta Gerwig delivers a both passionately faithful and gorgeously original take. Saoirse is a fierce Jo, Chalamet/Dern/Streep esp are great in support, and Florence Pugh is astonishing.— David Canfield (@davidcanfield97) October 24, 2019
Obviously, there were a few negative reviews of the film, but they mostly seemed to expect the exact same film we’ve already seen six times. Sorry, but I would let Greta Gerwig “boldly scramble” my eggs any day.
At best, it’s a fresh approach that makes you rethink familiar material. But it can also make simple plot and character developments a bit harder to locate.— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) October 24, 2019
The film isn’t released for another two months, but until then you can watch the trailer on repeat while you boldly scramble copious amounts of eggs.