Thursday, December 19, 2019
Little Women Review - 4 Stars
"Little Women" gets new life and a jolt from director Greta Gerwig - who positions herself as one of the A-list artists to watch in the coming decade. Chopping the classic into vignettes, and inventing a few new asides, Gerwig's "Little Women" infuses this classic with the fun of beloved films such as "When Harry Met Sally." 4 stars, rated "PG."
Gerwig assembles a lovely cast, including Saoirse Ronan as Jo. Ronan appears to channel the kind of characters Gerwig played a few years ago. Florence Pugh plays youngest sister Amy, Eliza Scanlen pianist Beth, and Emma Watson, firmly putting her "Harry Potter" days behind her, fills out the family as Meg. Laura Dern makes a kindly mother and Bob Odenkirk surprises as Mr. March. Chris Cooper offers a nice turn as the March's wealthy neighbor, and Timothée Chalamet will break some hearts as the boy next door. Those who love "Little Women" will most likely appreciate Gerwig's rearrangement. Those who aren't fans of the classic, should find this version more accessible. The production looks beautiful, and the music soars. 4 stars, rated "PG."