Once again, the audience is welcomed into the home of the March family. This 2019 remake of Little Women once again follows four sisters — Jo (Saoirse Ronan), Meg (Emma Watson), Amy (Florence Pugh) and Beth (Eliza Scanlen) — as they come of age in the US in the aftermath of the Civil War. It’s based on the autobiographical account of Louisa May Alcott’s life with her three sisters in Concord, Massachusetts, in the 1860s. Laura Dern plays their mother, while Meryl Streep superbly takes on the role of Aunt March.
The sisters are full of ambition. They own their story. Meg dreams of becoming a well-known actor; Amy hopes to become a renowned artist in Italy; Jo is determined to be a world-famous writer; and Beth simply wishes for their father, played by Bob Odenkirk, to come home. Jo is a very outspoken woman for her time and endeavours to make her own way in the world — not just marry well, as she declares to Aunt March. Jo believes women have minds, souls and hearts — they aren’t just loved for their hearts. Her story tells of how the sisters grow up, find both love and their place in the world, and get up to a little mischief with the help of the charismatic Theodore ‘Laurie’ Laurence, played by Timothée Chalamet.
Why not save a place in your heart for the unforgettable story of these little women. Whether you’ve been with the March sisters since discovering the novel or one of the many remakes, or whether you’ve never met these ambitious and talented sisters before, you’ll be in for a treat. You certainly won’t be disappointed with this stunningly beautiful remake directed by Greta Gerwig.
KATE SEARS 9/10