My Review of Little Women Movie

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My Review of the Little Women Movie

I have read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott many times. It’s one of those books that I keep going back to over and over. I love the characters and the relationships in the story. Although it’s a sad story, I never leave the book feeling depressed or distraught. The overarching theme is inspiring and uplifting. Family and friendships are important. Everyone is different and has her own goals and dreams. We all make mistakes, but that is how we grow and learn. Is is possible for a movie to capture those feelings without becoming too cheesy? Could an adaptation ever do the book justice? Find out in my review of the Little Women movie. 
 

Blurb:

 
Fans of Louisa May Alcott’s timeless classic, Little Women, will love the modern retelling of the timeless family story. 
 
LITTLE WOMEN is a celebration of the female voice and the bond of sisterhood. Opens nationwide on September 28th

 

My Movie Review:

As I previously stated, Little Women is one of my all-time favorite books. I’ve read it many times throughout my life; I read it a few times in my youth, and I’ve read it every few years since. It never gets old. I love the writing, the characters, the story, and i love the feelings and relationships portrayed in the book. Wow! I had high expectations for this movie! 

I was so excited to be invited to the premiere event! I’ve never been to anything like that, but it was very fun. I went with my mom, and we ended up having great seats. We sat behind all the older sister actresses (there were also darling actresses that played the sisters when they were younger).  After the movie was over, some of the cast and crew did a question and answer session, and I enjoyed that as well. It was fun to hear about their experiences.

So did the movie live up to my expectations? I have to admit that I was skeptical when I found out that it was an adaptation, but I think it turned out to be a good thing. If you try and recreate the original, you’re going to have a hard time meeting expectations, but if you go with an adaptation, it’s different. As a reader (or viewer), you know it’s going to be a little different, so you’re not expecting the original, if that makes sense. I thought they did an excellent job of bringing the story into the 21st century and yet staying true to the story. 

The script was well written and did stay true to the original story. I thought the actresses and actors were well chosen and did a great job. A friend told me that she thought Jo was over-acted and cheesy, but I disagree. In my mind, Jo is a dramatic person. It is all about her, and she isn’t afraid to let everyone know that. Jo kind of over-acts her own life, I think, and so I thought the actress did a good job of capturing her essence. I thought the other characters also did a good job portraying the sisters and family members. Each one showed the qualities and characteristics that I have come to love in each of the sisters. 

The sets and scenery were beautiful! My favorite place was the attic room that the sisters shared. I want that attic in my house! It is amazing. It’s almost exactly how I pictured it. And the girls’ castles were darling. 

 

I was a bit skeptical at the beginning of the movie, but by the end it had turned into just a cute film. It is a little cheesy, but so is the book. I mean, it’s all about their lives and their dreams. The girls love to act out plays in the attic, they have their Pickwick club where they tell their grievances, and anything like that nowadays will seem a bit cheesy on film. This movie is way better than a Hallmark film. I really liked it. I loved the emotion and the feelings because they do feel just like the book does. It’s most likely a girls night out movie; my husband probably wouldn’t want to go see it. I’d say go see it, though! It’s a cute show, and if you like the book then you’ll enjoy the movie!

Content Rating PG-13Content Rating: PG-13

(I did think this was a good rating. There isn’t any profanity, but there is a scene where two teenagers are kissing, and the boy wants to take it farther than the girl does. She starts to feel uncomfortable and asks him to stop. He does stop and then walks away. There is also the death of a main character.)

Age Recommendation: YA (13) and up

(I almost took my 13 year-old daughter with me. If she had been there, we would have had a good conversation after about saying no and meaning it. It would have made me a little uncomfortable to have her see it, but it didn’t go farther than her saying no, so that was good.)

My Rating: 4/5

4 Star Review

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Blurb:
“In picturesque nineteenth-century New England, tomboyish Jo, beautiful Meg, fragile Beth, and romantic Amy are responsible for keeping a home while their father is off to war. At the same time, they must come to terms with their individual personalities–and make the transition from girlhood to womanhood. It can all be quite a challenge. But the March sisters, however different, are nurtured by wise and beloved Marmee and bound by their love for one another and the feminine strength they share. Readers of all ages have fallen instantly in love with Little Women. The story transcends time–making this novel endure as a classic piece of American literature that has captivated generations of readers with its charm, innocence, and wistful insights.”
My Review:
This book holds a place in my heart! I loved it as a young woman (I read it many times), and I loved it just as much this time. I hadn’t read it in years, but it doesn’t matter; picking it up is like finding a long-lost childhood friend. Jo, Meg, Beth, Amy, and Laurie are like old friends, and it was so fun meeting them again after so many years apart. I LOVE this book! I love the carefully crafted language–books are not written with such beautifully crafted language any more. I love the descriptions, the conversations, the antics, and the characters. I love how simple life seemed in the early nineteenth-century. I know it had its difficulties; there was a war going on, they didn’t have a lot of money, women didn’t have as many opportunities as they do now, but they all sat together by the fire at night and sewed, read, and talked. As children they didn’t need tv, video games, or ipods, they had  their imaginations and the big world outside. I love that. I enjoyed reading about the plays they put on when they were younger, and the little club they had. Even though it sometimes jumps to different characters, it’s easy to transition, and you know exactly which sister is being spotlighted in that chapter. It’s so fun to see the sisters grow and mature. You see them grow up before your eyes, and reading it from a mother’s perspective brings a whole new side to the book. How obvious is it that I love this book? Can you tell?? Yeah, just a little! I definitely recommend this book! It takes a minute to get used to the writing because it’s so different from today’s literature, but I promise it’s worth it! This book will take a little bit longer to read because of the language, but once again, it’s so worth it! I hope this new generation of young girls will be able to learn to love the language and this story. I know my kids are used to faster-paced books and lots of action, but I hope to be able to instill in them a love of the classics as well.
Rating: PG (No language or “intimacy.” A character dies and it’s really sad. Other than that, it’s clean.)
Recommendation: YA (13 and up) It’s clean, but the younger girls may not be able to understand or appreciate it as much.