One of my main movie-watching goals of 2020 was to watch all the Best Picture nominated the previous year, and as the only ones left to watch were 1917 and Little Women, I decided to go with the latter, and it exceeded my expectations.While the other dramatic Best Picture nominee Marriage Story was amazing in its own right, it comes as a surprise that movies as realistic and moving as Little Women are made being made in this day and age.
Directed by Greta Gerwig who reunites Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet who previously starred in her directorial debut, Lady Bird.
Not only is the cast star-studded with the likes of Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Meryl Streep, Bob Odenkirk, Laura Dern and Chris Cooper but they all get a chance to shine. The supporting cast members like Chalamet and Cooper are equally important to the narrative as the titular Little Women.
The flick never becomes sentimental and also manages to fit ever-expanding themes such as feminism, creativity, the struggles of war, etc., into an above-2 hour running time. With so much content, Little Women might’ve fared better as a miniseries, but it still fails to disappoint due to Gerwig’s excellent screenplay treatment of the novel by the same name written by Louisa May Alcott.
Little Women may not have won a single Oscar, but it was a strong contender for each of the six categories that it was nominated for. An excellent movie which doesn’t force you to feel anything – and that is the true beauty of this adaptation – that every emotion you feel while and after viewing this film are as realistic as the flick itself.
The Rating: 4 out of 4.