Little Women is the literary adaptation of the 1868 novel of the same name by Louisa May Alcott. The film written and directed by Greta Gerwig has overflowing humanism and her emotional details have balanced the story.
The structure of the movie jumps back and forth between timeliness from Civil War Years in Concord , Massachusetts where the four March sisters and mother (Laura Dern) are busy and in labor to stay afloat. Presently, the family is separated and lives afar. Jo( Saoirse Ronan) lives in the city to teach and write her novel. Amy(Florence Pugh) in Paris to study painting under her aunt (Meryl Streep). While the simple Meg(Emma Watson)functions as a wife and mother. The baby of the family is Beth (Eliza Scanlan) ill but is a gifted pianist.
Greta even included quotes from Liusa May’s another novel Rose In Blossom in the dialogues for Jo. She says,’ 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 beauty, and I’m so sick of people saying that love is just all a woman is fit for. I’m so sick of it.’ But this retelling is refreshed through adding a concluding line she adds:’ But I am so lonely.’
One of the major complaints that follows is the Greta marry off the Jo which doesn’t happen in the novel. Gerwig imagines another world for her character. She marries her off but also shows in the last scenes that Jo is happy and satisfied to see her novel published.
The film received six oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Actress(Ronan), Best Supporting Actress (Pugh) , Best Adapted Screenplay and won for the Best Costume Design. The film also received nominations for the BAFTA and Golden Globe Awards.