Why is it worth to take your children to see Little Women? Film review
In 1868 Louisa May Alcott published a book that instantaneously conquered the hearts of American readers. After 150 years, Alcott’s novel is still read, performed in theaters, adapted on the big screen, widely interpreted and loved by book enthusiasts all around the world.
Now we can watch the eighth (!) adaptation of Little Women, this time directed by the wonderful Greta Gerwig.
The movie is touching, free from violence, bloodshed and swearing. So put on your warm jackets, bring your kids, and off to the cinema! Here are a few reasons why it’s worth it:
1. WOMEN POWER! In the times of corsets, crinolines and rigid rules of conduct, our characters (four March sisters: Amy, Jo, Meg and Beth) are trying to come up with their own vision of the future, one that aligns with their hearts. They try to find their way in the patriarchal world, in a place where “marriage is an economic proposition because a woman’s children and money become her husband’s property”. We watch the Women grow up, leave their family nest, and choose their paths in life.
2. SISTERS POWER! Each of the sisters has a distinct personality and temperament, but all of them truly care about each other. You could say that the sisterly love is the main protagonist of the movie. The girls love each other unconditionally, they accept their flaws and provide support for one another no matter what. They put their siblings’ happiness above their own. Nowadays, it can be a really touching and important theme to be showcased in a film.
3. MOTHER POWER! The mother of the girls – Marmee – is extremely gentle and kind. She doesn’t criticize or judge. Instead, she subtly leads her daughters through life and builds their moral backbone. She doesn’t give unnecessary advice – she simply hugs her girls and doesn’t let go. Despite her “internal rage”, she tries to always put a smile on her face and remain kind. Laura Dern is phenomenal at showing the different layers of Marmee, her happy moments, but also her struggles.
4. WORD POWER! Oh, the wonderful language! Perhaps a bit too fake and unnatural, but full of respect, humility, softness and manners. Therefore, I ask: why don’t people talk this way anymore?!
5. FRIENDSHIP POWER! This is where Laurie comes in – the most important male character in the movie. He’s a bit spoiled and daydreams a bit too much, but he’s a real friend! Loyal, focused, understanding. He makes for a great company during games, especially those that involve acting.
6. SAOIRSE AND FLORENCE POWER! Ronan did a fantastic job showing the spirit of the charismatic Jo, while Pugh flawlessly portrayed the character of the spoiled Amy, who (thanks to the actress) now doesn’t seem so awful! She’s vivid, sometimes sophisticated, often reasonable and down-to-earth. It’s a delight to watch a sister-sister relationship of two such different personalities.
Little Women is a beautiful movie filled with life. It’s authentic, engaging, and doesn’t resort to cheap tricks, fast-paced action or shallow humor. The film is fresh and enjoyable! An American classic in all of its glory!
Please, take part in a discussion after watching the movie. Ask your children:
1. Which of the March sisters did they relate to the most? Which one do they admire and why? Which one do they not like and why?
2. Which of the sisters reminded them of themselves the most?
3. What qualities are important for the March sisters? Is sisterhood one of those qualities?
4. Which scene did they like the most/the least? Which one made them happy? Which one made them sad?
5. Do they remember any funny situations they had been a part of, along with their siblings or friends? (Maybe some of them can relate to curling their hair and accidentally burning some of it?)
6. What do they like about their siblings? What about them is hard to accept?
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