I started my love of the story Little Women by Louisa May Alcott in 7th grade when I did an oral book report as the character of Jo, and I have been looking forward to this version of Little Women from the moment I heard that Greta Gerwig was directing and Saoirse Ronan was starring.
Knowing the story very well I got a little nervous when the movie started in a different part of the book and wasn’t exactly how I visioned it, but my nerves settled quickly, because Saoirse Ronan is the perfect Jo March. She gives the character a more modern feel, but still in keeping with the time period. Greta Gerwig moves the story back and forth, which would normally drive me crazy, but I feel it gave it a fresh feel.
I thought the casting was great with the slight exception of Timothee Chalamet as Laurie, since as an actor, I’m just not a fan, though my daughter completely disagrees with me on him. It’s just a personal taste, he wasn’t terrible.
Little Women (2019) is a great movie for those of us that have seen every Little Women movie filmed and those that are seeing it for the first time (as it was for my daughter that went with me), and though it’s not exactly like the book (as no movie is), it hits all the important parts.
I give this movie 7 out of 7 stars.