Little Women

{5/5} “You wouldn’t actually marry one of these men, would you?”

Little Women, released in 2019

Meg March wants to wear pretty dresses, go dancing, and get married. Her sister Jo wants to be a writer, but will dance if the occasion permits. Amy wants to go to Paris and become an artist. Beth, a talented pianist, just wants the family to be together — including their father who has joined the Union army. The girls perform plays that Jo writes. When their mother asks her girls to donate their Christmas breakfast to a poor family nearby, they agree.

There’s a flashforward at the beginning that will make you think you’ve dropped into the middle of the story — keep watching.

It’s about sisters who are all different but what they have in common is each other. The dialogue amongst the sisters is delightful.

I like when Laurie offers Jo his arm — instead of taking it, Jo punches him and takes Meg’s arm. The conversation Jo has with her mother about anger is astonishing.

It’s a beautiful story, filmed beautifully.

Saoirse Ronan is mesmerizing, as always — here she heads a fabulous cast.

Stars Emma Watson, Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern, Chris Cooper, and Meryl Streep. Directed by Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird). The gentle music is by Alexandre Desplat.

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