Whether you’ve never heard of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” or you believe Hollywood has adapted this story more than any tale (Hi mom), there is an undeniable relevance in Greta Gerwig’s modern take on this story of four sisters trying to find their place in the world. Gerwig uses its post-Civil War setting to reflect on the state of the world from their perspectives – cold, brutal and dominating, especially for women. And through the performances of Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, and Emma Watson, a love for life blossoms as well as a love to share that love with their siblings and others.
With Gerwig’s own take on the importance of identity guiding this movie though, it becomes surprisingly timeless and heartfelt. Rather than going all in on how women can be so much more than house makers and raising children, there’s a great love and pride for those that make this sacrifice. Gerwig not only romanticizes the past, but looks ahead to a bright future where anyone, not just feisty, artistic women, should look towards their own personal successes rather than what that dominating society might tell you.
Final Grade: A-