Release date: 13 February 2020
I finally watched the movie today and wow!! It exceeded my expectations and I set them pretty high. Growing up, I first read Little Women when I was 12. Since then, I’ve fallen for the characters. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy take us through their childhood to adulthood in the book and movies (several adaptation have been made).
The latest one which was released this month struck an immediate swell of pride in my heart upon seeing the movie poster. I wondered what the set and costumes and movie quality would look like based on technology available in 2019. I’m elated to say that I’m so pleased with the adaption. It is stunning! I cried from the begining to the end.
In the movie, we start off with Jo in New York City trying to sell her stories. It is told in the present with flashbacks to the past. I LOVED that the lighting in the movie easily allows viewers to identify which is the past and which the the present. It was very clever!
The past was shown in a warmth lighting with vibrant colours to symbolise Happy Childhood times growing up.
The present was shown in a cool tone, it was light & simple colours because growing up isn’t always the most cheerful thing. With growth comes hardship, with hardship comes difficult change and adaptation to reality.
Here are some quotes that made me cry in the movie, it was amazing to see them reinvent the classic quotes from the book into something that is lengthier and heavier in meaning.
“I’m just a woman. And as a woman, I have no way to make money, not enough to earn a living and support my family. Even if I had my own money, which I don’t, it would belong to my husband the minute we were married. If we had children they would belong to him, not me. They would be his property. So don’t sit there and tell me that marriage isn’t an economic proposition, because it is.”Amy March
“Women, they have minds, and they have souls, as well as just hearts. And they’ve got ambition, and they’ve got talent, as well as just beauty. I’m so sick of people saying that love is all a woman is fit for.”Jo March
I loved that it started with Jo and ended with Jo and her new family. Ultimately, it is Jo’s story. As the years pass, we get to see her and the other March sisters grown into Little Women and end with all of them together again with old friends that became family and new friends. I think that is beautiful, a beauty that will no doubt be immortal.
Thank you for checking out my review, I sincerely hope that you will go watch the movie. Congratulations to Little Women for winning an Oscar for Best Costume Design!