Movie Review: Little Women

The new movie “Little Women”, based on the novel Little Women is the latest adaptation of the famous book written by Louisa May Alcott  that was published over 150 years ago. This film was both written and directed by Greta Gerwig, who hit it very big with “Lady Bird” in 2017 and has to be respected to trying to turn a world famous novel into a movie.

Unfortunately for me, despite the very high critical reviews that are in the 95% range on Rotten Tomatoes, the story of this movie is all over the place. It was almost as if it did not matter what order any scene was positioned. The entire movie was one scene in present time, followed by a flashback, followed by another scene that was an alternate possible path then another that was reality. There were too many flashbacks in this movie and mainly because of this, I am very surprised by the very high reviews and did not like this film. I thought this was going to be story mainly about the financial oppression of women in the late 1800’s and there was some of that, but not nearly enough. Perhaps this film is for people who have read and are big fans of the book, but for me it played like a soap opera, rather than an interesting drama that had a strong beginning, middle and end. I did like the ending when Jo March, negotiated a favorable contract for the release of her book, with the publisher. Other than this, I found most of this movie forgettable.

The acting of the entire cast was very good, including Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Laura Dern, Timothée Chalamet, Bob Odenkirk, Florence Pugh, Chris Cooper and Meryl Streep.

I do not agree with the high reviews of this film and do not recommend it, other than for die hard fans of the novel.