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  • Gareth Crook

Little Women (2019)

I don’t think I’ve ever watched an adaptation of Little Women. In all honesty I feel a little out of my depth. This isn’t really my thing, but I’d be lying if I said the 2 hours didn’t rattle by. Largely I suspect because the story is pretty fast paced. Odd as not that much happens to begin, rather a collection of small incidental scenes flick past, building a rich base for the quite exceptional cast. The non-sequential timeline certainly helps too, creating a varied and intriguing story arc. It is a bit foppish in places, high society nonsense et al, but the undercurrent of female struggle powers through it well enough and if you watch this and aren’t moved, you’re a heartless empty vessel (and more than likely male). I don’t know how this compares to the book or previous screen outings, but Gerwig has directed something truly special. By the end I was a blubbering wreck in tears. It’s restored my faith that I’m not such a cynic after all. Quite frankly I didn’t want it to end.

8/10



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