Greta Gerwig’s Little Women is lovely

Stella Birrenkott, Entertainment Editor

Greta Gerwig’s Little Women premiered on December 25th, 2019 in theatres. Little Women is a classic story about the March sisters written in 1868 by Louisa May Alcott. Jo March lives in Connecticut with her sisters Meg, Beth and Amy and her mom. Jo March is played by the incredibly talented Saoirse Ronan, who has also starred in Game of Thrones and Lady Bird. In previous cinematic and television versions of Little Women, Jo was played by Winona Ryder (1994) and Maya Hawke (2017). In Gerwig’s Little Women, Meg March is the incomparable Emma Watson, Beth March is Eliza Scanlen, and Amy March is Florence Pugh. Their mother, who they fondly call Marmee, is Laura Dern. Jo March is an avid writer, Meg is an aspiring actress, Beth is a talented pianist, and Amy is a painter who wants to be the greatest artist in the world. With their father away fighting in the Civil War, the March family donates their breakfast to poor families and catches the attention of their wealthy neighbor. Their neighbor’s nephew is the eccentric Theodore Laurence “Laurie”, who is played by the wonderful Timothee Chalamet. Laurie becomes an instant friend to the March sisters and is smitten with Jo. The movie begins with the future, where Jo is living as a writer in New York City, Meg is married with kids, Beth is sick with scarlet fever and Amy is in Paris with their wealthy grandmother (played by the incandescent Meryl Streep), where she bumps into old Laurie, who is traveling after Jo declined his marriage proposal. Greta Gerwig has the movie go back and forth between the March sister’s childhood and their future, as they go through love, heartbreak, fights and illness. Greta Gerwig directs a beautiful, thoughtful cinematic adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic story. Gerwig also directed and wrote the screenplay for Lady Bird (2017), wrote the script for Little Women, and has a special partnership with Saorise Ronan. The phenomenally stellar acting and Gerwig’s directing allow this adaptation to take its place as one of the best. It’s taken home Academy Awards and has been a basis for some of the most brilliant rising talents in the film industry. Jo March believes that a woman is not completed by marriage, and her character is strong in the early beliefs of feminism. Gerwig and the entire cast’s talent, as well as the classic and beloved story of the March sisters, is inexplicably bright.