LITTLE WOMEN Review — Charms It’s Way Onto the Best of the Year List

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Little Women review — Director Greta Gerwig has a fresh take on an old classic that makes her film absolutely irresistable.

Little women reviewThe latest film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women should be promoted with director Greta Gerwig’s name in the title. Her colorful, warm and creative touch is what sets it apart from so many versions of the story, and so many other gritty, violent and tiresome films of the day. It’s simply a joy to watch.

Although some might think Little Women is a girlie girl film, there’s something in it for anyone who’s ever been related to a female. As the March sisters tussle, bicker, giggle and resolve, I couldn’t help but think of my own five nieces living under one roof, and my sister’s long suffering and joy. Viewers are fondly reminded of the little women in their own lives.

And Gerwig uses such a beautiful palate to tell the favored tale. Each shot is a painting, with warmth simply radiating from it, even on dark and snowy nights.

And that casting… Saoirse Ronan as Jo is a natural choice, and Florence Pugh as Amy is a revelation, endearing even as she burns a manuscript. Timothée Chalamet as Laurie, Laura Dern as Marmee and Meryl Streep as elderly Aunt March are sublime. And what fun to see Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk and Chris Cooper pop up! The only weak spot is Emma Watson as Meg, who doesn’t seem to have the gravitas to play the eldest sister.

As I speak on the BBC about the perfect film to begin the New Year, I can’t help but recommend Little Women, as well as A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhoodboth films directed by females, BTW. They put us in a kinder, less contentious mood, which is something we’re desperately going to need in 2020.

Rated PG

2 Hours 15 Minutes

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Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award winning journalist, author and film/TV critic. She can be heard regularly on Cumulus radio stations throughout the US, and recently founded the new lifestyle website, where celebrities and experts share their 5 favorite things in the fields of entertainment, lifestyle, wellness, home and food & drink.

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