Movie Review: Little Women (The Proper One This Time)

Hello dear readers, I have now seen the same movie twice, and have much different opinions on them. Last week, I mistakingly watched and reviewed Little Women (2018) thinking it was the one everyone was going crazy over and I was so confused why Emma Watson wasn’t showing up even though I knew she was in the movie.

It literally took me right until the end till I realized that it was entirely the wrong movie, but once I figured out my mistake, I promised I’d come back for the proper movie review.

Though this movie was a lot longer, I actually enjoyed this movie a lot more, so let’s get into it!

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The March Sisters

I tried my best to keep the 2018 movie out of my head when I was watching this movie. I think I did a good job, but I’m sure I was influenced somewhat.

This movie didn’t have as prominent of a protagonist, but it seemed like Jo was the main character once again. She was going through her struggles as a future author, but I liked that this movie explored all the sisters.

I would argue that Meg and Beth take a backseat to Jo and Amy, but it doesn’t feel forced. We get to explore their individual character arcs as they overlap and separate from each other, and since the movie is about several years of their life, we see them grow up.

SPOILERS HERE. IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN IT YET SKIP DOWN TO THE NEXT HEADING

Beth dies at the end of the movie, and though she took a back seat this movie, it was a very emotional moment. She dies from an illness, and the emotions are really deep. We feel sad for her, but happy that she still finds a completeness to her life, and I think that’s what really drives the emotions home.

Even though she dies, the March sisters find happiness and completeness to their lives also, and the audience knows that at the end of the day, that is what Beth would have wanted.

SPOILERS FINISHED

The Period Piece

I’m a sucker for a good period piece. I love seeing the women in beautiful, elegant dresses and with proper manners, while the men are dressed to impress and are all proper.

A lot of period pieces are a bit boring though. Because there isn’t a lot of action usually, it can be a bit dull if the dramatic aspects aren’t drawing you in.

I found that Little Women did a good job of keeping me interested. Once I figured out the timelines of the different stories, I was never really bored. It wasn’t the most interesting story, but the strong acting from the lead group working with the beautiful visuals, and detailed story moments kept me interested the entire time.

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The Diversity and Sisterly Bonds

I guess this is more of a credit to the book itself, but partially to the movie also. I found that each of the March sisters were so different from each other, but they also were so obviously sisters.

As someone who grew up with siblings, I know how siblings interact with each other. Each of them had their own interests and had their own dreams in life that they wanted to pursue, but at the end of the day they were there for each other and supported each other.

I haven’t read the book, and I probably won’t at this point, but this movie probably did a wonderful job of adapting the book to the big screen.


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Movie Review: Little Women (2018)

I have to be honest with you dear readers, I had a bit of a dumb dumb moment. In one of my bookish group chats, people were oohing and aaahing over the movie Little Women that came out in 2019.

I had heard it was a good movie, and so I took their adoration for it as a sign that it was time for me to watch it.

I had an idea of some of the actresses in it, but I knew to look for Emma Watson especially since she was the one I would recognize the most.

I looked up the movie, saw the synopsis was about stuff happening after the American Civil War, found a place to watch it and bam, let it begin.

WELLLLLL turns out there have been probably a dozen different Little Women movies, and my idiotic self watched the one from 2018!

I was looking for Emma Watson and she just never showed up. I kept telling myself there would be another time jump, and when that happened it would be Emma’s turn to shine. With about 10 minutes left in the movie I realized that didn’t happen, so next week I’ll review that Little Women movie, this week I’ll review the 2018 one.


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Title: Little Women (2018)
Director: Clare Niederpruem
Rating:★★☆☆☆

My opinion on this movie might be a little skewed because the whole time I was looking for different actresses to appear, but reading other reviews online, I don’t think I am too far off.

I didn’t like this movie at all, for a lot of reasons.

The Acting

I didn’t think any of the acting was very well done at all actually. I think it was needlessly overdone at many parts, and it’s too bad. The sisters seem to have a great dynamic with each other, and I would have liked to see more of a realistic sibling banter with each other.

Being a brother myself, and seeing many of my friends have siblings, I know the banter and the back and forth a sibling can have and it really wasn’t there in this movie. They seemed to try too hard to get it to work.

A lot of the “comedic” moments seem forced and over acted, and none of the dramatic moments seem to hit home because of the same problem.


The Believability

This movie is relatively believable in its premise. Its a bunch of sisters who grow up together, and how they all take different journeys with their lives.

They each have their dreams they want to pursue, and for the most part they support each other in those dreams.

There’s a bit of romance, attempts at comedy, and dramatic moments that are all too predictable.


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Jo

Despite all of that, I would rate this movie a 3 or a 3.5, but Jo was the reason this movie got a 2.

Jo actually made me want to stop the movie several times.

She is so dramatic, spoiled, selfish and conceited. She cares so little about others, and the moments where she does seem to care about what happens to others, its really just for selfish reasons.

I get that she is the main character in the story, so we see more of her perspective, but her character is not likable at all.

She constantly bullies her sister, and makes fun about them all here and there, but when they start teasing her, she storms off like they’ve just punched her in the face.

She wants to be a published author, which is great, but she gets upset when her editor has notes about her story. She is outwardly angry that he made notes on the book. Like did she really think a book could be perfect in the first draft? It just bothers me that her world view is so narrow with herself at the centre.

I can’t think of any redeemable qualities about her honestly.


Final Thoughts

I have a hard time finding anything good about this movie. It had a lot of okay moments, but none were great.

The only reason I could finish it was because I had hoped it would get better.

But alas, these are just my opinions.

If you’ve seen the 2018 version of Little Women, what did you think about it? Let’s talk about it in the comments, or send me a message on social media.
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