Monday, January 27, 2020     Volume: 20, Issue: 47
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Santa Maria Sun / Film

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LITTLE WOMEN

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LITTLE WOMEN


Where is it playing?: Santa Maria 14, Parks Plaza

What's it rated?: PG

What's it worth?: $Matinee (Glen Starkey)

User Rating: 0.00 (0 Votes)

Greta Gerwig (Ladybird) helms this new version of the classic 1868-69 Louisa May Alcott novel, which follows the lives of the four March sistersMeg (Emma Watson), Jo (Saoirse Ronan), Amy (Florence Pugh), and Beth (Eliza Scanlen)as they come of age in 1860s New England, amid the aftermath of the Civil War. Though this is an oft-told tale, with now eight film adaptations, Gerwig’s new version is a real standout, turning the story into a poioumenon, a work of art about its own creation.

Though all four March sisters are given some screen time, the main character is Jo, the tomboyish writer who’s ostensibly a stand-in for Alcott herself in this semi-autobiographical tale that was based on the author and her sisters’ lives. Gerwig’s film version deviates from Alcott’s two-volume novel in various ways, perhaps most significantly by traveling back and forth between the two volumes, the first being the girls’ younger years and the second being their early adulthood. Gerwig breaks chronology by moving back and forth through time, showing how earlier events informed the sisters’ present circumstances.

If you’re familiar with the tale, the main events are all there: the family giving their Christmas breakfast to a poor neighboring family, Beth contracting scarlet fever, Amy falling through the ice, Meg attending a debutantes’ ball, and Jo selling her short stories. Likewise, most of the characters appear, like their handsome neighbor, Theodore “Laurie” Laurence (Timothée Chalamet), and his wealthy grandfather, Mr. Laurence (Chris Cooper); Laurie’s tutor and Meg’s future love interest, John Brooke (James Norton); and of course the sisters’ amazing mother, Marmee (Laura Dern) and their housekeeper Hannah (Jayne Houdyshell); and of course the sisters’ Aunt March (a typically wonderful Meryl Streep). There’s also Jo’s love interest, the German professor Friedrich Bhaer (Louis Garrel, an actor much more handsome than how his character is described in Alcott’s novel).

The best thing about Gerwig’s version is how she pays tribute to Alcott, who never married or had any children of her own, and who after the publication of her famed and incredibly popular novel, often complained how her publisher forced her to create the expected happy ending. Gerwig pulls off the neat trick of having it both ways—creating an ending that honors the book and its author. I really loved this film, but grab the tissues—it just may have you ugly-crying. (135 min.)

—Glen Starkey




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