Unlike many, I wasn’t that high off of Greta Gerwig’s hit “Ladybird”. It was fine, but in my opinion not the coming of age tale many pushed it up to be. I won’t say that about her take on “Little Women”, a telling of the classic that gives her plenty of space to deliver a very beautiful film.
Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, and Laura Dern, are just part of this critically successful cast that walks us through the path of the March sisters as they grow up and make life changing decisions through the good times and the bad.
The material is no trouble for this group of all stars, but Gerwig paints us a beautiful period piece that makes this world both happy and world when needed, as well as cold and devastating as our characters move along. There are some wonderful shots that moves us through fancy French parties and Christmases in the March household with little trouble.
When you combine the talent that is everywhere in this film, along with the direction, there just isn’t any space for this movie to fail. And I haven’t even mentioned Meryl Streep.
Of course, this story won’t be for everyone and it’s not “The Fast and Furious”, you’re going to have to work with this film’s slower pace.
But if you have the patience, I think you’ll find “Little Women” to be quite enjoyable and that really falls on Gerwig.
Running time: 2hrs 12 minutes