By Dhuha Darweesh
Synopsis: Saoirse Ronan stars as Josephine “Jo” March, who lives in New York after the Civil War. The movie follows four sisters: Jo, a writer, Meg, an actress, Amy, a painter, and Beth, a pianist. The movie is mostly from Jo’s point of view, of her past and present, and how certain decisions have affected her and her family’s life.
On my way to watch “Little Women” (2019), I was extremely sceptical of whether or not I would like it. I knew that I loved Greta Gerwig’s directing, as well as, both Saoirse Ronan and Emma Watson’s acting from previous movies, but I had a huge distaste for Timothée Chalamet’s acting from his previous roles. I had tried to watch “Little Women” (1994) twice in the past and found it extremely boring, to the point of falling asleep before the end credits made it to the screen.
The most recent production was in one word: phenomenal. I now understand why so many white women watch “Little Women” every Christmas. This is the second film that has Greta Gerwig directing with Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalmet acting alongside each other. Their dynamic on screen is so genuine that one almost feels as if it is real life. I don’t know an actress who could have portrayed Jo March better than Saoirse Ronan, certainly not Winona Ryder, even though I love Winona in all her other roles. Saoirse just has this air about her that allows her to play independent, self righteous women to a tee.
I really appreciated that Amy’s character was played by Florence Pugh who is much older than the original Amy. In the 1994 version, despite casting Kirsten Dunst as the younger Amy and Samantha Mathis as the older version, the actress still looked way too young to be getting married. I definitely felt as though Meg was the most boring out of the sisters. She was so quiet and just wanted to get married and have kids, who was completely polar opposite from Jo, who I felt connected to. Beth was a sweetheart who deserved better. Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, and Eliza Scanlen did an amazing job at playing sisters. I have three sisters myself and I can honestly relate to so many of their interactions with one another. Even though they argued and fought, they had an unconditional bond to one another, some more than others.
Thoughts on Timothée Chalamet before this movie, he’s trash, we don’t talk about him. Thoughts on him now? “What a time to be alive…” I found him so dreamy as Theodore “Laurie” Laurence. Who wouldn’t want to get married to him? In previous movies, I always saw him as this pretentious stuck up white boy, who was not relatable to me at all, but who can’t relate to unrequited love?
I did not think this movie would be a tear-jerker going in, but I definitely cried more than I would care to admit. I hope we get more movies directed by Greta Gerwig with Saoirse Ronan as the lead actress because they truly create magic together.
“How I LIve Now – Saoirse Ronan” by Ross Belot is licensed under CC BY 2.0