Little Women

Little Women

DVD - 2020
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Chronicles the joys and sorrows of the four March sisters as they grow into young ladies in mid-nineteenth-century New England.
Publisher: Culver City, California : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2020]
ISBN: 9786318077767
6318077766
Branch Call Number: DVD LITTLE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (135 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Alternative Title: Greta Gerwig's Little Women

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"Greta Gerwig pays homage to both Alcott and her original work, while also exploring what could have been. This movie is a feast for the eyes, mind, and heart!" Molly, Teen Librarian


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mauve_rabbit_138
Oct 12, 2020

I saw this movie in the theaters with my friend, and I loved it. I loved how Jo was portrayed, I loved how perfectly Amy was written as the "annoying younger sister" for the part of the movie in which she was young, I loved how Emma Watson played Meg (yay!) and how perfectly she was written. Beth was so amazing, and I loved relating to her love of playing the piano. This was absolutely perfect, except for the fact that I barely knew Mr. Bhaer by the time the movie ended, but that's just a small critique. I loved how heartbreaking it was when * SPOILER ALERT!!!* Jo said no to Laurie. I prefer this one vastly to the original movie, not to say that the original wasn't amazing, but to say that I loved this one so much. This is so amazing, and I am so proud of everyone who put their time into this movie :)

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dougskiba
Oct 06, 2020

Stunning and inspiring. Well done, Greta Gerwig.

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Amy_M_15
Oct 06, 2020

I was disappointed with this adaptation. While showing the story in flashbacks did put a new spin on the story, it was confusing and threw the story off. Nothing showed that time had passed. Beth got no character development, Laurie looked like a teenager throughout the movie, and the love stories didn't make sense. We don't get to see how Meg and John fell in love, and Jo hardly spend any time with Friedrich which made their romance puzzling. I still prefer the 1994 version.

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ConstantReader23
Oct 02, 2020

I think Louisa May Alcott would have approved of this version. Some lines feel like Right Now, but they don't feel forced.

The setting and costumes seem right for that period.

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black_fox_mmm
Sep 24, 2020

This movie was not that bad but I will say the one in 1994 was better:)!!!

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SAPL454
Sep 18, 2020

An intense relationship between sisters that succumbs almost all human difficulties in their lives.

VaughanPLDavidB Sep 11, 2020

Having just read the book, I can't help but review this film adaptation in opposition to it, and I do mean opposition. Firstly, the casting. Though Louisa May Alcott did not say so explicitly, her readers always understood that Jo March was plain looking, yet they cast Saoirse Ronan in that role, who is anything but. In fact, I might have had her and Emma Watson switch roles. Secondly, people watch costume dramas to be immersed in the period. The settings and the costumes might have been correct, but 21st century vocabulary and accents are not appropriate to 19th century characters. While I understand that it is nearly impossible to tell an entire novel within the restrictions of a two-hour movie, the episodes that the writer/director included seemed to have been chosen almost at random, and i found the unnecessary jumping back and forth in the timeline made the story very hard to follow, much harder I would think for those who hadn't read the book. It was made even more difficult by having adult women playing the roles of adolescent girls. The writer far too frequently gave the characters words and thoughts they never uttered, often words and thoughts that would likely never have occurred to these characters, like Amy complaining that women have no way of making their way independently in the world, something that would never have crossed the mind of her literary counterpart. Finally, bizarrely, the movie character Jo is made to act entirely out of character by going back on a marriage proposal she previously rejected, simply because she is lonely, something the literary Jo March never seriously considered. You'd think that a 21st century female director would not so blatantly compromise the integrity of the main female character; definitely disappointing. Finally, I have perhaps a petty objection to the school Jo ran as being for boys AND girls. Jo of the book had an affinity for boys and their energy and recklessness, being so "boyish" herself. They ought to have stuck to the original boys school depicted in the book. To sum up; while this is a beautifully shot and costumed movie, I can't recommend it.

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Enlightened888
Sep 06, 2020

Although some of the acting is very good (Meryl & Laura), overall I do not feel that this remake was as good as either the original nor the previous version. The acting by the young girls is not convincing. I lost interest after about the first 15 minutes.

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maipenrai
Sep 05, 2020

Wonderful, marvelous!!! I have seen 7 earlier versions of "Little Women", and by far liked this one the best. It humanizes the girls and their mother and demonstrated the constricted choices for women during the 1860's. Highly recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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carolepines
Aug 22, 2020

"Little brats!" We got about 1/3 of the way through and just got tired of all the screaming and juvenile behaviour. I have loved Saoirse Ronan in other films, so I looked forward to seeing this one. But just couldn't take the director's vision - too saccharine, too Hallmark-card-like, and the girls just never stopped jabbering nonstop and piling on top of each other - this was supposed to be 'charmingly boisterous and high-spirited' but came off just plain annoying. I've never read the book, but may go back and read it now to find out what it was supposed to be like.

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jimg2000
Aug 04, 2020

35 quotes in IMDb already ... thanks to its contributors:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3281548/quotes/?tab=qt&ref_=tt_trv_qu

Here is a couple more not in IMDb:

It's so dreadful being poor. It's not fair. How come some girls have pretty things and others have nothing at all?
- We have Father, Mother and each other.
We haven't got Father for as long as this war drags on.
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Where is Marmee? I'm starving.
-Goodness only knows. Some poor creature came a-begging. Your ma set off to see what was needed. I wish she could help others at a time convenient to us.
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Jo, you love him.
- What?! No, no, I don't.
Yes, you do! I am half as smart as you, but I can see it so plainly. You love him.

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aidualc604
Jul 09, 2020

“Your one beauty!”

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dmasterson
May 11, 2020

"It's possible to be right and foolish."

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dmasterson
May 11, 2020

"I've had lots of troubles, so I write jolly tales"

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dmasterson
May 11, 2020

" I want to be great or nothing"

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dmasterson
May 11, 2020

"I suppose marriage has always been an economic proposition. Even in fiction."

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dmasterson
May 11, 2020

"I can't get over my disappointment at being a girl."

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dmasterson
May 11, 2020

"Don't go quietly, fight! Please fight to the end, be LOUD! Don't just quietly go away!"

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dmasterson
May 11, 2020

I may not always be right, but I am never wrong.

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dmasterson
May 11, 2020

" I'd rather be a free spinster and paddle my own canoe."

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