Four sisters come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War. Jo March reflects back and forth on her life, telling the beloved story of the March sisters – four young women each determined to live life on their own terms.
8.3 / 10
Little Women is the perfect film to watch on a rainy Sunday afternoon with your grandma, and I think the world still needs these cosy kinds of films. Unlike my fellow critics, I enjoyed the non-linear structure, and think it uniquely showed the character development of the sisters. That was certainly the case for Florence Pugh’s portrayal of Amy, and I believe Pugh will be the next ‘it-girl’ actress in the near future (you heard it here first folks). While I do agree that this film lacked the level of female empowerment one may expect to see in 2020, Little Women showcased the charming dynamic of four individual women, each on their own pursuit of happiness. Also I’ll take any excuse to watch Timothée Chalamet on the big screen, WHAT A HONEY.
5.6 / 10
This film is a slow burner. While that might be okay for some, mainly fellow friend and critic Flue, for me I found it a step before tedious. The characters are almost likeable, telling a jumpy back and forth story of… wait, I’m not sure what did happen on reflection, as the inclusion of one Saul Goodman playing a ‘caring, wondrous father’ became a huge distraction. His awkward seedy side burns attributed loudly to my low score, as did the lack luster performance of the promising leading ladies. It missed the mark entirely for me, with the female characters far from ‘leading their lives on their own terms’ – each one being heavily influenced or swayed by a male character. Was certainly hoping for a certain stronger pro feminist theme, especially being led by two prominent activist actresses. It’s just aiight for me ya know.
7 / 10
Coincidentally our first movie club review follows the story of a female writer as we ourselves start out on our writing journey.
I found Little Women appealing as it addresses the historical struggles women have faced and the ethical issues around marriage that continue today. The movie was slow to start and leaves you a little confused with its multiple flash backs and timelines. The Mother and Father character development is lacking. I was mainly left disappointed by the ending as Jo who throughout the movie pushes back against the status quo allows the ending of her book, the culmination of the movie itself, to be dictated by the publisher as “Marriage is an economic transaction”.