Set in the 1800s, ‘Little Women’ follows the March family, in particular the four sisters: Jo (Saoirse Ronan), Meg (Emma Watson), Amy (Florence Pugh) and Beth (Eliza Scanlen). A talented group of sisters who try to rebel against the world that has been set out for them: Jo the writer, Meg the actress, Amy the painter and Beth the pianist. We watch their lives as they struggle against a man’s world and the society’s pressure to marry and embody a ‘perfect woman’. A true feminist story of women dreaming their highest potentials and relaying the truths of the lives in the 1800s.
Predominantly, we hear the story from the side of Jo as our centre main protagonist as she reflects on her life. We start in present day with Jo in New York attempting to sell one of her short stories, then throughout the film we reflect back and forth. However, it is done extremely well to not become confusing in this manner. Without being told, you know whether you are in present day or past. Throughout the film, we time travel through the March sisters’ lives, sometimes we are there for a long time, sometimes we are only there to see the necessary element to explain the present.
All the characters feel so realistic in their portrayal. The sisters were brought up homely and honest. Their sisterhood is a delight to see on screen. Jo is a fantastic character with her erratic but true emotions, she is a protagonist to be loved by the audience. Her friendship with Laurie (Timothée Chalamet) has to be one of the best I’ve seen in a long time, so pure and funny at times! Saoirse Ronan plays Jo so phenomenally, you feel all of her emotions pour out from the screen and the audience will for her to get everything she wishes. These sisters are flawed and not perfect at all, which just makes the film that much better. We can relate to these characters.
‘Little Women’ is a beautiful film, that makes you laugh and cry. It’s a film of love, heartbreak, family and liberty. The desire to be something different. The story is obviously one rich in its history and successful for as many years it has been around, this is not the first film to take upon the story of the March sisters and it probably won’t be the last. However, I believe this 2019 version to be a story well told and beautifully so. The drama is executed so well which leaves the audience thinking about it after. It’s not a predictable film, but just one feeling truthful to real life.