Little Women is the latest in a long line of adaptions, which brings to life the most infamous of Louisa May Alcott works. What makes Greta Gerwig’s latest so special is the attention to detail. The script is, at times, a direct reflection of Alcott’s written word. The set and costume design was pristine. The score was a delicious surprise, but what stood out above all was the casting. If I didn’t know any better, you would have thought Alcott had something to do with it. Each actor was seemingly a reflection of the narrative and each had a keen understanding of the source material. However, it was the individual performances that elevated the source material to new heights.
Saoirse Ronan is just fantastic, and stakes claim to the title of being the best version of Jo March ever on screen. Florence Pugh continues her breakout with a depiction of Amy, which is garnering much attention from various voting guilds. Meryl Streep’s portrayal of Aunt March knocks it out of the park. An argument can be made that this is the best cinematic adaptation of Little Women. While the Golden Globes may have mistakenly ignored Gerwig’s latest (shocking), I fully expect it to gain steam with Academy voters. Desplat beautiful score, Jacqueline Durran’s costume design, and stellar performances will make this film impossible to ignore.
Overall, Little Women is a rare cinematic gift for all us to enjoy for years to come.