Entertainment Volume 69, Issue 4

Little Women Graces the Big Screen

by Caroline Johnston

Little Women is a romantic and historical movie based off of the novel of the same name written by Louisa May Alcott. The original novel was published two hundred years ago, but the movie was released on Christmas day of 2019. The film, directed by Greta Gerwig, follows four sisters with an unbreakable bond during the 1860’s, as they grow into adulthood and face many hardships. The plot switches between two different time periods, contrasting the sisters lives when they were young and carefree versus when they are grown up and matured. 

     The main character Jo March, played by Saoirse Ronan, is an avid young writer and also the second oldest sister, who struggles with balancing her fierce independence and her desire to be loved. Jo is a passionate feminist who never wants to marry simply to refute societal norms, but as she grows up she finds herself extremely lonely. Personally, I loved Jo because of how bold she was, which is super inspiring to see. As a teenager, Jo befriends her extremely wealthy neighbor Theadore Lawrence, known as Laurie, played by Timothée Chalamet. She introduces him to her sisters and the five of them become extremely close. The oldest sister Meg, played by Emma Watson, takes the maternal role in protecting her sisters. The third oldest sister Amy, played by Florence Pugh, is the only sister who chooses to conform to the gender roles placed upon her by society. The youngest sister, Beth, played by Eliza Scanlen, is the shyest of the four sisters and spends her time playing the piano. Beth battles with scarlet fever which poses as a struggle for the whole family. It was heartwarming to see the whole family come together while facing such hardships. Although the sisters struggle with conflicting ambitions, they remain extremely close with one another, which I believe is very important because family is irreplaceable.

     The film did a great job of contrasting the simplicity of childhood with the troublesome components of adulthood. I also really enjoyed how the film focused on the selflessness of the sisters, as it portrays how important it is to always be grateful for what you have and to help others who are worse off. Little Women is nominated for six Academy Awards, which it absolutely deserved, including “Best Picture” and “Best Actress” in reference to Saiorse Ronan. This admirable motion picture is a must-see, so catch it in theaters before it’s too late!