Since it was written in 1868 by Louisa May Alcott, Little Women has been adapted into a film at least six times, namely in 1917, 1918, 1933, 1949, 1994, and 2019. The latest adaptation film only entered USA in February 2020, to be exact. begins broadcast on February 7, 2020, two months later than the release date in the United States (December 2019). Therefore, the audience becomes increasingly impatient to watch the film. Moreover, news circulated that this film was one of the candidates for Oscar winners in the categories of Best Picture, Best Actress (Saoirse Ronan), Best Supporting Actress (Florence Pugh), Best Adapted Screenplay (Greta Gerwig), Best Original Music Score (Alexandre Desplat), and Best Costume Design (Jacqueline Durran).
The beauty of the scenes and costumes in the film makes the audience’s eyes feel comfortable to watch this film, even want to watch it many times. In addition, the audience will also feel the warmth of the March family. So naturally this film won many nominations at the 2020 Oscars.
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This film tells the story of the four daughters of Mr. March (Bob Odenkirk) and Mrs. March/Marmee (Laura Dern), namely Meg (Emma Watson), Jo (Saoirse Ronan), Beth (Eliza Scanlen), and Amy (Florence Pugh), just like in the book. The four daughters of the March family have different characters and talents. Meg the eldest has a motherly character, controlling and very feminine, with acting talent. Jo or Josephine is the only daughter of the March family who is a tomboy, she even wants to be a man, abbreviates her name like a male name, acts like a man, hates her destiny as a woman, even wants to go to war. Jo is the main character in this film. This film is plotted back and forth based on Jo’s point of view, where it is said that this film is based on a story that Jo wrote about his family.
The third daughter (Beth), is the weakest child, is often sick, but has the softest heart, is conciliatory to her sisters when they quarrel, and is the shyest. Behind it all, Beth is very talented in the field of music. Because of his talent, he was rewarded by his wealthy neighbor, Mr. Lawrence a piano. Amy the youngest is a character who represents women at that time who wanted to marry a rich man to improve the standard of living for herself and her family. Amy always tries to look beautiful and charming. Amy feels she has a talent for painting.
The different characters and talents are the strengths of the story in this film. Sometimes because of those differences they fight, but more often than not they unite. For example, on Christmas Eve, with their respective talents, they put on a drama that was watched by their family and neighbors.
You can guess from the title which contains the word women, this film also tells about the efforts and conditions of women’s emancipation in the 1800s. Women at that time were required to succumb to men (happened to Meg, who had to give in to her husband), had to be able to attract men’s attention to marry her (happened to Amy), and even tended to hide her name as a novelist, so as not to be seen. that she is a woman (Jo’s experience). In addition, there is also a love triangle between the two sisters (Jo and Amy) and their neighbor Theodore Laurie Lawrence ( Timothée Chalamet ).
Although adapted from the novel of the same name, this film was rewritten by Greta Gerwig, so there are some things that are not the same as the book. So even if you’ve read the novel or watched other Little Women adaptations, this film is still very worth watching because it presents many different things from the previous novels and film adaptations. Curious how the story of the film with a rate of 8.1 on IMDB is? Come and meet the four March sisters in your favorite cinemas!