I watched Greta Gerwig's Little Women. And here are my thoughts.

A week or so ago, I went to the theater with some of my siblings to watch the latest version of Little Women. There is a reason that over the years there have been so many film adaptations (not even counting Little Men) and printings of the famous book. Little Women truly is a classic, a timeless tale of joy, sadness, growing up, finding and losing love. I personally think the book is so popular because the story has a universal theme that spans decades; a mother, her daughters, and their struggles and successes in life.

I was a little skeptical when I heard that Greta Gerwig was undertaking to direct yet another version of Little Women. While I did love Lady Bird, I was sure that this version of Little Women, like so many others, would fall flat compared to the 1994 version (with Winona Rider). Yes, I, along with half of the American female population, am a die-hard fan of the 1994 version of Little Women.

I'm happy to report that I LOVED the new movie. I feel that it's the first one that does the Laurie/Amy story justice, telling it in a way that makes it plausible. One of the other things that I really liked was that it tells the story in flashbacks, keeping with the book and its two parts (Little Women and Good Wives).

As for the cast,  I thought everyone was wonderful. Although I would have perhaps preferred a different actress was cast for Beth (I've always struggled with her character in general and have never liked anyone cast as her), everyone else was perfect.

The filming, the costumes, all were drool-worthy and dreamy. Perfect in every way.

Will I always have a special place in my heart for the 1994 version? Yes. Do I think this movie is a more accurate film adaptation of the book? Absolutely.

Overall, I love the movie and can't wait to watch it again (and will probably buy it to add to our home library).

If you haven't seen it yet, I recommend that you don't wait for it to come out on DVD and go see it in theaters. I promise that you will be pleasantly surprised and happy that you did. 


  1. When my NC daughter came out over the holidays, this movie was one we had thought to go see...but we all caught a cold that laid us low. I am glad to read your thoughts on it...sounds like we should go while we can to the theater!

  2. Thanks for your review. I'm looking forward to seeing it tomorrow, and I also am I skeptic about the need for another film version.

  3. Thanks for the review! I was wondering about this new version and also love the Winona Ryder version. Good to know! Blessings, Shirley


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