There are already several versions taken to the cinema of Little Women, but, without a doubt, the last premiere (that of the American director Greta Gerwy) is the one that has impressed me the most. It is really difficult to get rid of this movie, especially if the author of this review is someone independent and lover of women’s freedom and development and is also a woman herself.
See Jo (Saoirse Ronan), Beth (Eliza Scarlen), Meg (Emma Watson) and Amy (Florence Pugh) in this admirable and thoughtful adaptation with splendid images and deep dialogues, where the defence of art and culture is promoted – represented in their different modalities (literature, Jo, interpretation, Meg, music, Beth, and painting, Amy) by each of them – it is a delicious and shocking experience for the viewer.
There is an extraordinary manifestation of vitality in the whole film, in which landscapes, music and costumes, take on an exceptional role, supporting the guiding thread of awareness in the fight for freedom, self-reliance and claiming rights as independent women.
Little Women, adaptation made for the big screen by Gerwy, with the collaboration in the script of Sarah Polley, is unforgettable. Especially when, who writes this, has seen the different versions made previously (also the excellent film starring mainly Wynona Ryder).
The version of Greta Gerwy is loaded with positivism and it is no different from the previous ones, but what differentiates it, in addition to its technical virtuosity, is the care of the conversations, the implicit and explicit reflections of its protagonists, which also carry to the reflection to the viewer. One or one, regardless of gender, ends up falling in love with that Jo and her sisters who sail outside their time, who rebel against their social and personal condition and the conformist role of women at the time.
The film and its brave little women, the March sisters, thrill to the limit. They make us cry, love them, surrender to them.
Also Aunt March, superbly played by Meryl Streep, comes to the bottom with her speech about the need for women’s independence, in a century, the nineteenth century, where this was almost impossible, because only being rich one could decide.
And what about the touching mother, who embodies with sweetness but at the same time with such honesty and greatness, the veteran and fantastic actress Laura Dern. And of the male protagonist, Timothee Chalamet, who, even in the background, makes us feel close by his ability to understand, in his own way, each of the four sisters.
A master costume, the work of an Oscar winner by “Anna Karenina”, Jacqueline Durran, the setting and the great musical score of Alexandre Desplat, along with a careful photography and planning, as well as the already commented splendid cast, complete this extraordinary film that , like Alcott’s book – we must not forget that the argument starts from him – opens doors to true feminism: that of equal rights and possibilities for all women who believe and feel that, through capacity and effort , can become free and develop their vocation and full life in society.
Little Women, nominated with all deserving of 6 Oscars (Best Film, Best Actress, Saoirse Ronan, Best Supporting Actress, Florence Pugh, Best Soundtrack, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Costume Design) is a film with a romantic, dreamy look Sensitive, loaded with an absolutely inspiring timeless speech that has already made it one of the essential film classics and that no person, man or woman, should miss
By Guillermina Mekuy