Little Women movie 2019

I have been stalking this movie from the time the poster was released. Little Women is one of my favourite classic novels of all time, and I loved Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, Lady Bird a lot. It has incredible cast from Sairose Ronan to Emma Watson, to Timothee Chalamet to Meryl Streep. I am only taking names of these artists as I have seen lot of their work, which is why I was excited to see the movie too. I have been crazily watching the interviews, the trailer, and everything that I can lay a hand on about this movie.

So unlike the USA and UK, this movie was released yesterday in India. And today I went ahead and watched the movie, alone, in the theater. It was my first time watching a movie alone, and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it. I sat there with my small tub of cheese popcorn and raw pomegranate juice taking in, every frame that the film reeled out.

Greta Gerwig had me, with the first scene, where Jo March pauses before she enters the publisher’s office. If you look deep enough, it kinds of a metaphor about a women’s journey into a men’s world. Greta has done a great job of retelling a masterpiece. The storytelling is nonlinear, and you walk between the past and the present. Sometimes she feeds you the emotions with dialogues, and sometimes they just lay hanging in the air, and you have to grab and feel them.

You will laugh, you will cry, and you will think while watching the movie. The art direction is beautiful, so is the costume design. It engulfs you in its world from the moment you lay your eyes on the screen. Each cast is perfect in its role. But Saoirse Ronan as Jo March and Florence Pugh as Amy March wins you over. They are the powerhouse, each with its flaws and follies, make you feel attached to them.

There are too many scenes that I love in the movie, from the opening scene where Jo enters the publishing house, to Jo refusing to marry Laurie, to beach scene where Jo and Beth lie in each others arms, to all the scenes where Jo is scribbling stories on paper with an Ink pen to the whole sequence where they show the process of book publishing in 18th century. But there is one scene that stood out for me, the scene where Jo has laid all the pages on the floor, and she lying next to them. That scene just stole my heart, it shows how an artist look at his/her work, after completing it and before sending it out in the world for people to hold opinions on it.

If you let me, I can go on and on about the movie, but I will not spoil the movie for you by over indulging your senses. So go ahead if you haven’t watched it yet. And if like me you are an admirer of Women stories by women writers and directors, then you need to see it, I promise you, you won’t be disappointed.

And last but not least, I will leave you with my favourite quote from the movie.

“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

5 thoughts on “Little Women movie 2019

  1. Was completely bowled over by the review, Neerja Di 😍😍 Enjoyed every single word of it and now I really, really want to watch it 💜 I love Saoirse Ronan and its awesome that she’s cast as Jo March 😍 I have to watch it now. Loved your mind blowing review!!

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