25+ more Little Women Reviews​​​​​​​ – Hey, Men Like This Film, Too

Little Women ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I’m a fan and a man. Deal with it.

Little Women has found an audience, and it’s selling tickets. But it breaks no sociopolitical ground, and men don’t like it. If it earns Oscar nominations, how are the filmmakers to know that they are the result of the movie’s excellence, not of the campaign conducted by angry white women in the prestige newspapers? Perhaps the film may suffer the lowest fate of all in the outrage economy: to be understood, principally, as a work of art.

Little Women​​​​​​​’s Real Feminist Problem – The Atlantic

Really, really hate how I’m being told that men don’t like this movie (emphasis in quote above is mine). This type of wide stereotyping is hypocritical. Women putting down men is no different than men doing the same.

Alas, I keep writing that the way for women to change the good old boys movie network is to do exactly what some creative women are already doing: make good films!

Reviews by Others

What do others think of Little Women?


  1. aixcentric: “We loved it too and came out of the cinema feeling it to be a very happy start to 2020”
  2. Annette: “LOVED how all the sisters has a fleshed out storyline.”
  3. Book Beach Bunny: “It’s a good film but it’s an average film with a lovely, timeless story and nice message and far better stuff is likely going to be overlooked (not the least of which is Pugh’s performance in”
  4. Cinema Etc / Davey (Grade: A): “Maybe I’m just a sap, or maybe I’m just in a spectacular mood after the film, but if a film can put me in this good of a mood, doesn’t that cement how successful it is?”
  5. Cinema Spotlight / Jason (5/5): ““Little Women” shows that telling the same story over and over again can have its merits and I’m thrilled that my first time seeing this particular story gave me something great to behold.”
  6. Commas and Ampersands: “Greta Gerwig’s vision brought something new and fresh to the classic, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it for weeks.”
  7. Fast Film Reviews (3.5/5): “…the presentation looks and sounds amazing (costumes, production design, score).  As I mentioned before, the performances are a commendable achievement.   There’s a lot to recommend.   I was entertained but ultimately I wasn’t WOWed.”
  8. fivethreeninety: “I feel like my soul was fed watching this film. It really, honestly touched me.”
  9. gibberish: “Overall it’s a great ensemble production with the real star of the show, Great Gerwig.”
  10. Jeanne: “Greta Gerwig’s new movie version of Little Women has changed my mind about wanting a literary detective to go into the book and change the ending”
  11. Joanne Guidoccio: “Director/Writer Greta Gerwig brings fresh relevance to the storyline of an American classic that has stood the test of time for over 150 years.”
  12. Little Movie Reviews / Sarah (Grade: A): “Through Gerwig’s direction and writing, along with a talented cast, this new take is exquisitely done.”
  13. maryloudriedger: “I think one of the reasons Greta Gerwig’s film Little Women is proving so popular is because she gives us new insight into some of the characters in the much-beloved novel, helping us see them through a modern lens in ways that are both engaging and intriguing.”
  14. moviejoltz: “the directing and writing were wonderful as the scenes came across in a thoughtful, beautiful way upon the screen. This was a surprise for me because I came in feeling like I was going to see the same thing I have seen in other versions of the story.”
  15. notlefthandedfilmguy: “The film is a triumph for women in film just as the novel was for women in literature.”
  16. Often Off Topic: “I actually ended up enjoying it more than I thought I would.”
  17. Randall Golden: “Regardless: I, a male, willingly saw Little Women in defiance of the three dudes who purported to represent the grossly generalized aesthetic will of 150 million other dudes. And it was my idea to see it in theaters, not my wife’s.”
  18. Ripple Effects: “…a joyous celebration of family and life. It’s an innovative feature, and a worthy rendition keeping Louisa May Alcott’s story intact and her spirit alive.”
  19. RockAtTheMovies (8/10): “Its a warm, expertly crafted film that keeps it light hearted while dealing with a lot of struggles and tribulations people go through in their lives.”
  20. Rose Tymock: “Beautiful, heart-breaking and joyful, Little Women deserves its place among the top films of the year.”
  21. Scott William Foley: “Without a doubt, Little Women is one of my favorite films of 2019.”
  22. TenSecondsFromNow: ” is an unexpected delight, a period film that feels relevant, a woman’s picture that should have a universal appeal.”
  23. The Avacado: “…this is sincerely a happy little film. I just wish I could have seen it in a linear fashion without all those pesky time jumps.”
  24. The Film Blog: “The narrative restructuring is Gerwig’s masterstroke but it is a flash of genius in a film that achieves top marks on just about every level. Little Women, big success.”
  25. susanwbailey: “…is deserving of praise; it is a thought-provoking movie to enjoy, ponder in the aftermath, and then see again.”
  26. Timi Townsend: “…wins my vote for best film of the year.”
  27. Writergurlny: “Gerwig remains true to the text, retelling this beloved tale with a modern spirit and a reminder of why 150 years later, Little Women is a cherished novel.”

Not Recommended (or on the fence)

  1. Screen Zealots / Louisa (2/5): “The movie is twee and messy, much like Gerwig herself. The project feels like the writer / director, but not in a good way. There’s an awkward charm that’s cute at first, but all of the small delights soon fade.”

It’s true that most of the movie reviews for this film are by women, but there are clearly men who are watching it and enjoying. Also see: 30+ Little Women Reviews – Greta Gerwig Explains the One Big Change To The Novel — more men watching and reviewing.

Anybody who says “men don’t like [Little Women]” is clearly making a false statement. Just look at how many male bloggers said above that they liked the film. Ironically, the only two negative reviews I’ve linked by others — with over 50 shared — are only by women.

NOW PLAYING REVIEWS: The Grudge (2020)

The answer is none.

Question: which new wide release movie is recommended to watch in the theaters this week?

Week #1 of 2020 1/3/2020 only has one movie and despite it being one of my favorite genres: horror, it cannot be recommended.

The Grudge (2020)⭐️⭐️

I’m not even recommending you see it when available on streaming. Just save yourself the pain and see something else. Is it really that bad? Unless you like watching a bunch of jumpscares, yeah, it’s that bad.

Neither of us were jumpscared into excitement and yes, we’re kinda holding a grudge.

Hey, if you want to see an awesome horror movie and haven’t yet seen yet (available to stream on Amazon Prime Video as of 1/3/2020) ….

A Quiet Place ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ 

I just saw that and loved it! A Quiet Place 2 is coming in March 2020.

In fact, since doing this every week, this is the first week I have no new wide release movie theater recommendations.

Alas, we can’t leave you hanging, friendly readers. I’m going to recommend — again — last week’s recommendation:

Little Women ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Directed by Greta Gerwig, only her second effort since Lady Bird ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (also recommended, available on Amazon Prime as of 1/3/2020).

Want to see what else we recommend NOW PLAYING at the theater?

Here are other movies we’ve seen at the theater recently that are recommended. Any movie rated at least 3-stars is recommended. You should read any 3-star review (click the title), because sometimes they are qualified, meaning we were entertained, but maybe only recommend to certain moviegoer interests.

4-star movies are highly recommended to everyone and films rated 4.5 or 5 stars are must see.

  1. Ford v Ferrari ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ScreenX
  2. Little Women ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  3. Knives Out ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  4. Joker ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  5. Richard Jewell ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  6. Uncut Gems ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  7. Dark Waters ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  8. Last Christmas ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  9. Frozen II ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  10. Bombshell ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Happy movie watching to you!

30+ Little Women Reviews – Greta Gerwig Explains the One Big Change To The Novel

Little Women ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Director Greta Gerwig changed one important thing from the novel, something I warmed up to over the course of watching the film: the non-linear narrative.

SPOILERS ahead. If you haven’t seen the movie, maybe it’s best not to keep reading just yet. Go see the movie and come back. It’s highly recommended.

… you’ve been warned SPOILERS …

So, why the non-linear narrative?

“I wanted to ground it [with them] as adults and then go back in time. It’s this sort of iconography of Little Women, the girlhood part. I wanted to have it be something where they were yearning for something that was gone. I feel like as a grown woman I’m always sort of walking with my younger self and answering to her. I felt the same was true of the March sisters.”

Greta Gerwig Explains the One Big Change She Made to ‘Little Women’ | Observer

I wondered if this was how the novel was structured and turns out it isn’t. Gerwig’s idea, as disorienting as it is as first, by the end of the movie is magical. I didn’t have any trouble understanding the story and it did something to the movie that made it somehow more interesting to me. Kudos to Gerwig for making this change.

As I mentioned in my review, narrative changes like this are a gamble. Too many flashbacks are usually a problem, but it works here. It really does. The fact that it was all by design just makes this movie all the more interesting.

Jo and the Writer vs. Publisher Substory

One of my favorite substories that runs throughout the movie is Jo using writing as a job to support her family. How she interacts with the old man owner and publishers who seems to genuinely like her work, but want it tightened up. He’ll buy it, but only when edited down.

And when Jo finally submits her novel, she herself doesn’t have that much faith in the quality of the work, citing is “probably not very good” or something to that effect. The publisher agrees until a group of young adults surround him about the manuscript wanting to know what happens next. Then he wants very much to buy the rest of the work

Found this fascinating, because novels aren’t typically written this way. Usually there is a synopsis of what happened sent along with the first few chapters for review. If the editor likes what s/he sees, they request more. Now, it is possible, Jo had an outline that she sent with those first few chapters, but the movie never really tells us.

Behind the scenes stuff, but being a writer it struck me as a bit off. If you’re already a well known, established author like Stephen King this process is somewhat irrelevant and Jo had had success with shorter works, but none that were novel length to that point in the movie.

Kinda nitpicky, I know, but something that I wondered about. Not saying it couldn’t happen, but the fact she could just walk into the publisher’s business and pitch her work in person is also unusual. Perhaps a sign of the times. No writer today strolls into Random House and says, “here’s my book, check it out’.”

Meg is sort of underdeveloped

If we’re being honest, Meg doesn’t have much to do in this movie. She buys expensive fabric to make a dress that her husband has earmarked for a jacket and, while he is disappointed, he seems to realize that, based on his teaching salary, he can’t afford to give her everything she deserves.

Meg is the homemaker in the sisters, sort of just there to remind that this is also a viable path in adulthood for a woman. I don’t know for a fact, but sense in the novel more is done with Meg’s character.

Amy plays second to Jo, and shines

Amy is a great artist and I kept thinking her work would be noticed and she’d have some kind of critical acclaim on her own, but instead she wins the affection of the wealthy suitor who loves her sister, Jo. But as you would expect Jo is more career-minded than Amy, not sure she could settle down like Meg. Will Jo die a spinster? That seems to be a recurring question (curiously, the author Louisa May Alcott never married).

In the end, it would seem that Amy does better focusing on her personal satisfaction over an artistic career, but then viewers are reminded she can have both. Very satisfying arc and maybe the most complete one of all the sisters.

Beth and the piano

Poor Beth, she is a prodigy on the piano, even drawing the interest of a kindly rich man who gifts her one so she can make it sing, but she suffers an illness that ends up binding the family together. I kept wondering about any symbolism around her music, life and death. How one creates music and it can live well beyond the musician. How it can be played for generations and generations and in the end how Jo’s love interest also plays music. There is a clever, perhaps not so subtle tie-in.

How she was maybe the most talented of all sisters must face the harshness of life in the final quarter of the 1800s. Any sort of illness in those days could have tragic results, because medicine was not nearly as advanced.


This is one of my top 10 films seen in 2019. Near The Irishman ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Netflix) and Marriage Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Netflix), but not ahead of the speed racing Ford v Ferrari ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and eerie Doctor Sleep ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I realize some may challenge that those genre stories are not as great, but to me they are, particularly Doctor Sleep which had an immense sequel challenge to climb and, box office performance aside, prevailed. Ford v Ferrari has the highest overall audience review score at Rotten Tomatoes of any of the movies (98%), while Little Women is at 92% as of this writing. Marriage Story is at 83% and Doctor Sleep is 89%. If RT was the deciding factor, then Ford v Ferrari would earn the checkered flag.

Regardless, how I think it compares to other movies, Little Women is a fantastic movie. One that deserves viewing by moviegoers of all ages. The story is irresistible, the acting is great and the presentation is polished.

Reviews by Others

What do other moviegoers think of Little Women? In the 1,000+ movie-related sources I pull from, there is only one not recommended review below. Pretty impressive and suggests to me, this movie is headed for some awards.


  1. Assorted Opinions: “It’s rare to be in the cinema and, while watching, realise that you are witnessing a classic. Little Women is that rare film. It is transcendent.”
  2. Danny O’s Movie Reviews: “Gerwig’s direction is brilliant, and the cinematography really adds to the film. It’s the perfect movie to see around the Holiday season, and I highly recommend it.”
  3. Darren / The M0vie Blog: “…is a solid piece of work, even if it’s a lot thornier and more complicate than it would like to be.”
  4. David Ferguson: “Ms. Gerwig (perhaps with a future as one of the greatest filmmakers) displays storytelling and cinematic craftsmanship at the highest level. She bounces between timelines (over at least 7 years) and different sisters’ stories, showing how each is so different … yet all interconnected.”
  5. Drinks With Films (5/5): “…bring your whole family, and especially the men folk. This is not just a story of domestic struggles. This is a great family film about finding and trusting your voic…and telling your story.”
  6. Full Circle Cinema (10/10): “I love this movie so much, it hurts that I cannot articulate it any better than that. If I were to try any harder, I would just keep repeating myself till those words seemed alien in my own mouth. Love, love, love, kind, kind, kind, good, good good.”
  7. GoldDerby/Daniel Montgomery: “Gerwig’s latest directing effort is being described as “deliciously feisty,” “evocative,” “wondrous” and “luminous,” among other effusive adjectives. The filmmaker “captures the vibrant world created by Alcott” and turns it into “a new classic.””
  8. Gone Elsewhere / Jackrabbit Slim: “So, if you are a man and reluctant to see this because you don’t think it will speak to you, banish those thoughts and go see this film. It’s that good.”
  9. Grim D. Reaper: “Running the full gambit of emotions while celebrating young women dealing with life, circumstance, and personal decisions from their own point of view, Gerwig’s new adaptation may be the best version of Alcott’s novels as the most relatable take.”
  10. High Contrast: “…is a little more of a shaky win from the director of Lady Bird, but a win nonetheless. I can’t wait to see what she does next.”
  11. I Am Your Target Demographic (5/5): “I’m still thinking about this movie and how much it impacted me. I cried out of happiness, I cried out of sadness, I laughed many times, I was completely invested in this film and I want you to feel the same. Head to the theaters now and reward good behavior.”
  12. Jack Blackwell Film Reviews (5/5): “What a gift, then, that Little Women brings, able to give you all these feelings for two heart-filling hours. It’s a film you’ll love the first time round and long to return to again and again.”
  13. Jordan Woodson’s Reviews: “…is truly the best adaptation yet with Oscar-worthy writing, directing, acting and so much more. Gerwig is more than likely about to be snubbed of her deserved nominations and it’s going to be crushing to see it happen”
  14. Just A Little Bit Random: “This is something for people of all ages (well, most ages, maybe not quite the very young), people of all genders, backgrounds, classes, this is a film that almost anyone can find delight in. It’s a pure joy that you can easily escape into and be entertained by.”
  15. Keith & The Movies (4.5/5): “…a truly great movie filled with an effervescent female spirit that celebrates the  is a solid piece of work, even if it’s a lot thornier and more complicate than it would like to be.”
  16. Laura / DOTT: “It feels rather glib to say, but Little Women shines a bright light on the capabilities, individualities and ambitions of women. It should be something we see casually every day, but for someone reason it’s something we’re still talking about whenever it’s represented onscreen, and while we still must talk about it, we/Gerwig absolutely shall.”
  17. Martin / The Film Tower: “I have not read Little Women, but just on the merits of the film Greta Gerwig appears done a good service to the book: she has made this story seem new, and these characters seem modern and alive.”
  18. Matinee Chat with Kathy Kaiser: “Greta Gerwig’s remake of this classic tale is as extraordinary as it is breathtaking, as she channels the sights, sounds and feelings of four young women, and their struggles they face as they come of age.”
  19. Movie Nation / rogerinorlando (3.5/4): “…the liveliest, loveliest “Little Women” ever, practically a reinvention of “Masterpiece Theatre” fodder into something vital, fresh and new.”
  20. No More Workhorse: “Much like the readers of Alcott’s book found in 1868, the more romantic ending dangled like a brightly wrapped Christmas present tied up in a neat bow seems infinitely more satisfactory even today. It seems the themes that Alcott dealt with in her novel many years ago are not yet buried in contemporary society.”
  21. North Shore Movie Reviews (4.5/5): “Greta Gerwig’s new version is an impressive response to the question whether we really needed another one.”
  22. Old Ain’t Dead: “Gerwig created a powerful nonlinear tale perfect for the modern audience. An old story we all know made fresh and better than before.”
  23. Poems for Warriors: “The newest adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, “Little Women,” was the best version I have ever seen.”
  24. Polar Bears Watch TV (Grade: B+): “…is a genuinely lovely, affecting film that exudes such warmth for its characters and their hopes, dreams, and fears. It’s driven both by an understanding of sisterhood and by an understanding of what it means to want something as an individual”
  25. Rashabh Vashishta: “…is healing and sentimental cinema carried out with grace and sensitivity. The performances are genuinely affecting, and the cinematic realization of the story feels truly moving.”
  26. Rachel’s Reviews (7/10): “I approached this new version by director Greta Gerwig with a mixture of excitement and fear. Fortunately, for the most part, I enjoyed it and definitely recommend it for families during this Christmas season.”
  27. Shani Ogilvie/Runpee (Grade: A-): “The movie did an amazing job of showing the emotions of the characters and the interpersonal relationships between them.”
  28. The Whacha Watcher: “…stands as one of the very best novel to film adaptations I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. In fact, it stands as one of the very best moviegoing experiences I have ever had.”
  29. The World of Cinema: “Some Little Women purists might not dig the new version because it has been chopped up and tweaked but as someone with no attachment to the material, I’m was totally sold on the retelling and the performances.”
  30. Vague Visages: “Gerwig’s version surprisingly, refreshingly considers events from the wiser lens of adulthood instead of focusing on and following the coming-of-age pathway through adolescence.”
  31. Yash Bansal Reviews (4/5): “The movie didn’t always grip me in its first half, but by the time it ended, it carried a lot of emotional weight and won me over. Overall, the movie is skillfully directed, superbly acted and a real joy to watch.”

Not Recommended (or on the fence)

  1. GirlsOnFilm.net: “The problem is, that doesn’t really work. At times I found myself a little lost at to where we were in the story, and I’ve been reading the book since the age of 8. I’m not sure how anyone going in to the film cold would be able to keep up.”

Did I miss your review? Use the comments to tell me about your movie-related/review blog and I’ll follow. I like following movie-related blogs and pull quote from my reading list as well as other new blogs shared, liked and discovered.

NOW PLAYING REVIEWS: Little Women, Uncut Gems, Spies In Disguise

Week #52 at the box office 12/25/2019 and we’re treated to sisters growing up, a frantic sports gambling addict and an animated spy accidentally disguised as a penguin, so which one is best?

This is not how I expected this to turn out, but #1 is …

Little Women ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

What made this movie so special for me is how the story unfolds and is told. The narrative structure at first is disorienting, it bounces back and forth from present to flashback and moves between four sisters differing storylines. It should confuse, but by the ending of the movie it all seems the perfect way to tell this story.

On the way to the theater I recorded a video about my apprehension about the film based on the trailer.

My anticipation for this film was 2/10 … and then I actually saw the film and everything changed

After watching the film, see how I feel about it:

Go see Little Women. As I said in the video, it makes my top 10 list for 2019. A total surprise to me.

Next up is the movie I thought would be #1 for me this week. It was a film I looked most forward to seeing this week with Adam Sandler in a non-comedy, thriller role.

Uncut Gems ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ 

And, finally, the least entertaining film of the three wide releases this weekend

Spies In Disguise ⭐️⭐️

Want to see what else we recommend NOW PLAYING at the theater?

Here are other movies we’ve seen at the theater recently (maybe they are available in your area still) that are recommended. Any movie rated at least 3-stars is recommended. You should read any 3-star review (click the title), because sometimes we do qualify those recommendations, meaning we were entertained, but it doesn’t mean that it was necessarily that good.

4-star movies are highly recommended and films we rate as 4 1/2 or 5 stars are must see.

  1. Ford v Ferrari ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ScreenX
  2. Little Women ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  3. Knives Out ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  4. Joker ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  5. Richard Jewell ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  6. Uncut Gems ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  7. Dark Waters ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  8. Last Christmas ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  9. Frozen II ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  10. Hold On ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  11. Bombshell ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  12. Black Christmas (2019) ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Happy holidays and movie watching to you all!

Opening 12-25-2019 in Theaters: Spies in Disguise, Little Women, 1917

Getting this out a little earlier than Wednesday as normal being that tomorrow is Christmas day and movies will be opening tomorrow instead of Thursday and Friday like it works most every week.

Seems like screenings have changed and 1917 is only in limited screenings and opening wide on January 10, 2020. Just Mercy was bumped to January 10, 2020 as well.

The other two movies are opening wide this week. Bummer, I was most looking forward to seeing 1917. We’ll take the grandchildren to Spies in Disguise and finally (!) be able to catch up with Adam Sandler’s dramatic thriller role in Uncut Gems which is opening wide this week. Yay!

Spies in Disguise

Opening wide in theaters Christmas Day 12/25/2019

Still have mixed feelings on this one. Will Smith as a voice actor appeals to me more than as a live actor, although I still have his voice imprinting on Gemini Man⭐️⭐️ and that’s not a good thing. This movie needs to wipe that stain away.

Hopefully our grandchildren will enjoy this. It looks young children friendly, even though it’s not rated G. They like some animated films. On Disney+ they are watching Frozen ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ all the time.

Anticipation: 5/10

Little Women

Opening wide in theaters Christmas day 12/25/2019

Normally the top image in this weekly post is the film I’m most looking forward to, but this week I switched it up and made it the film I’m least anticipating.

Reason? The FIRST LOOK for this one here on this blog has had a decent amount of views. Seems at least readers are interested in this one more than Spies in Disguise by this very unscientific metric. Maybe this movie will be great, I don’t know, I’m trying to have an open mind.

Anticipation: 2/10


Limited opening 12/25, wide opening in theaters January 10, 2020

I guess the limited release for this one is so that it can be included in the awards for 2019 and the delay is so it isn’t running up against the newest Star Wars movie? Guess I kind of get it, but still it’s lame.

If you can see it before it opens wide January 10, 2020, I’m envious!

Anticipation: 7/10

ANTICIPATION for Week of 12/25/19 MOVIES

How much on scale of 1-10 anticipating the 12-25-2019 movies? Those marked with asterisk are not available in our area this week, so will carryover in future weeks until available to watch in our area.

  1. *Uncut Gems – 9/10
  2. *1917 – 7/10
  3. Spies In Disguise – 5/10
  4. Little Women – 2/10

Are there screenings in our area to see these movies?

Uncut Gems is available today, Tuesday 12/24 in our area, so we’re planning to see that. 1917 as mentioned above, isn’t available near us, maybe it is near you. I’ve been trying to avoid reading any reviews for that until after seeing because I don’t want that spoiled. Spies In Disguise and Little Women are both widely available and we’re planning to see at least one of these on Christmas day, then spend times with the grandchildren opening presents.

Which of these movies, if any, are you looking to see?

Happy holidays to all who celebrate!

FIRST LOOK: Little Women (2019)

The eighth film adaptation.

How many great books are there out there never get even one adaptation, but soon we’ll be seeing #8 for a single novel published in 1868.

Little Women is rated PG and receiving early positive reviews and award scene buzz.

Writer-director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) has crafted a Little Women that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life. In Gerwig’s take, the beloved story of the March sisters – four young women each determined to live life on her own terms — is both timeless and timely. Portraying Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth March, the film stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, with Timothée Chalamet as their neighbor Laurie, Laura Dern as Marmee, and Meryl Streep as Aunt March.

Rotten Tomatoes movie info

Movies based in the 1860s are not typically my cup of tea. This one is based in New England in 1860. Here’s the official trailer:

Little Women official trailer

My reaction to the trailer? Meryl Streep! She adds +2 in anticipation for me in any film she’s in, even if the subject matter is otherwise not that compelling to me. Sisters coming of age and one of them is a writer? Ok, I could get into that. The trailer is alright, nothing spectacular, but it doesn’t seem to give away a bunch of key plot points, so that’s appreciated.

The TV show Little House on the Prairie was set in same 1860s era and based on a novel by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I enjoyed watching that TV show when I was younger, often it focused on family stories on the farm. The stories were often well written, had good characters, often leaving me with some type of moral message. They were entertaining shows, even though I couldn’t readily identify with the harsh environment of the 1860s compared to 100 years later when I grew up.

I haven’t read Little Women and haven’t seen even one of the other seven movies, so I’ll be watching this one with zero frame of reference to past works.

Are you interested in watching Little Women in the theaters, waiting for streaming, planning to skip altogether, or still on the fence waiting more audience reviews?

Little Women opens wide in theaters on December 25, 2019.