I always find it exciting when a book makes its way onto the big screens in the form of a movie adaptation. It’s even more exciting for me when the book happens to be an older, classic book. Little Women was recently released in theaters as the newest movie adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel Little Women. Two previous versions of Little Women were released in 1949 and 1994.
The storyline follows four sisters, Jo, Beth, Meg, and Amy March, in the years after the Civil War as they grow older and distant with each other before eventually being brought back together. Parts of the movie are shown as moments of the past following the sisters as they’re growing up together during the Civil War.
After the Civil War Jo moves to New York to pursue a career in writing. Meanwhile, her sister Amy studies art in Paris and happens to run into a childhood crush, Theodore. Meg, the oldest of the sisters, marries a school teacher named John. During all of this, sister Beth develops a sickness that will eventually bring the four sisters back together.
Before seeing the movie I had never read the book, but I had heard several good praises from those who had. But since watching the movie, I’m eager to borrow a copy from the library and reading it for myself. The movie was confusing at first as it jumps back and forth between a moment in the past and a present moment. Only once at the beginning of the movie is it made clear that the setting is changing shown as a screen reading “Seven years ago.”
Aside from the initial confusion of the setting I really enjoyed watching the movie. I found the film to be fun in scenes where all of the sisters would be laughing and playing around with each other while also being heartwarming in scenes when Beth was sick. I also found the movie to be an example of what I’d like the relationship with my older sister to be. While romance played a part in the movie, I really enjoyed how the entire movie wasn’t centered around relationships with significant others but rather relationships with family. In addition, the movie shows a strong female lead that teachers young girls that they can do anything in life they want to.
I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes historical movies as Little Women was originally considered an autobiography. I would also consider not taking younger children to watch this movie as they probably wouldn’t be able to follow along with the changes in past and present. Altogether, Little Women would be a great movie for mothers and daughters or sisters to watch together as a girls’ night.