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- Saoirse Ronan
- Emma Watson
- Florence Pugh
- Eliza Scanlen
- Laura Dern
- Timothée Chalamet
- Tracy Letts
- Bob Odenkirk
- James Norton
- Louis Garrel
Did You Know?
- Greta Gerwig was originally tasked by Sony Pictures to write a new screen adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's novel after the studio had rejected earlier scripts by Olivia Milch and Sarah Polley. However, after the success of Lady Bird (2017), Sony Pictures hastily offered Gerwig the chance to direct this movie using her script in the hopes of forcing the delayed project into production after years of development hell.
- Sometimes Emma Watson's natural British accent is evident when she speaks, though this happened in other scenes and was featured in minimal scope.
- Jo March: I'd rather be a free spinster and paddle my own canoe.
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Great cast. Sisters at their truest self. Family love. And they read, and played and wrote. Something beautiful to see when the world is filled with phones and texting.
Love the story but the switching back & forth between times lines would be confusing if you are not a true Little Women fan.
A big step up in scale for a writer-director who got her start in the freewheeling world of low-budget indies. Seeing her pull off a grand period drama with such confidence, humor, and style leaves you with a sensation not unlike what Jo March must be feeling in the film’s final scene, as she watches while her first book is printed, sewn, and bound, a tiny smile playing on her lips. I can’t believe it’s all finally happening, her face seems to say. I can’t wait to see what comes next.
Gerwig skillfully navigates the line between respecting the story's old-fashioned bones while illuminating the modernity of its proto-feminist perspective, only occasionally leaning into speechy advocacy of a woman's right to self-actualization beyond marriage. Her cast may be slightly bound by their canonical character types, but there's lovely ensemble work here, captained with coltish physicality and hard-charging pluck by the luminous Saoirse Ronan as Jo.
It’s only when Pugh gets her hands on spoiled younger sister Amy and opens up that often-overlooked strand of the work does the film seem to find relevance beyond its pretty fussiness and that warm, wintery – decidedly Christmassy, somewhat pleased-with-itself – glow.