Greta Gerwig’s take on Louisa M. Alcott’s novel ‘Little Women’ is now the 6th version of the film. What makes Greta’s film different? What needs work?

Greta Gerwig created an Oscar-worthy film with her unique stance on the classic story 'Little Women'.
Greta Gerwig created an Oscar-worthy film with her unique stance on the classic story ‘Little Women.’
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What makes Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ Stand Out?

From the cinematography to the minor changes in the story, Greta Gerwig has outdone herself with this film. Greta took characters we all know and love and brought them to a new generation with the message that women shouldn’t settle for anything. The characters speak for themselves.

“I intend to make my own way in this world.” – Jo March, Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ (2019)

The details in ‘Little Women’ shine through in almost every aspect of the film. The costumes. The hair. The color-grading. The cinematography. It’s breathtaking. As wonderful as this movie is, there are a few places that could have been improved.

Greta Gerwig remakes Louisa M. Alcott's famous Little Women.
Photo: L. M. Alcott, May Alcott / Public domain

The dialogue in ‘Little Women’ was planned thoroughly. There are moments in the film when the March sister’s arguing sounds almost melodic. Greta wrote an amazing screenplay.

My issue with the dialogue is that, at points, it sounded forced. For example, our introduction to Laurie. The first things out of his mouth is ‘My! How you’ve grown, Amy!” It doesn’t fit his character.

As we get to know Laurie, we learn that he doesn’t act prim and proper. He speaks rather casually. In Greta Gerwig’s screenplay for Little Women, the same line reads ‘AMY! You’re so /grown up!” It should have stayed this way.

Even if the line was added by the actor, it’s something that could have been changed back to keep the character’s identity intact. There are a few similar moments like this throughout the film where the line didn’t match the characterization.

The film, Little Women, was well-thought out on Greta Gerwig's part.
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My second issue is a simple continuity error noticed by a fan. A black Hydroflask and a plastic water bottle were left in the film. It might have been a simple mistake, but for a period piece like this, it can have big consequences.

When you’re watching a period piece like ‘Little Women’, anything modern will automatically pull you out of the story. It’s something filmmakers have to be cautious of.

Greta Gerwig worked hard to make an authentic film. It’s a shame something modern worked its way in. Luckily, the bottles are only visible for a second.

The mistake wasn’t noticed until after the movie’s theater run. Still, it would have been better if it never made it into the film at all.

I give Greta Gerwig’s take on ‘Little Women’ earns a 4.8/5

This movie was wonderful. It immerses you into Louisa M. Alcott’s ‘Little Women,’ with Greta Gerwig’s simple twists. The femininity and powerful ending will impact many girls from newer generations. Greta Gerwig got to tell ‘Little Women’ in her own way. The character’s are relatable (even in modern times) and the plot mixes new and old perfectly.

Films like Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ are what films are meant to be. Simple yet complicated works of art. The two minor setbacks for me are nitpicky. I would recommend Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ to anyone that wants to escape into the 1860s with the March sisters. They are a bunch you don’t want to miss out on.

To watch Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’, you can buy or rent the film on Amazon Prime. You can also read Louisa M. Alcott’s novel Little Women to experience the original story the world fell in love with.