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Visiting family on a holiday trip. My choice would have been Uncut Gems but the consensus choice was Little Women, which I somehow dreaded. Unfamiliar with the book or previous movie versions, I just expected a dull period romantic drama.
But the reviews have been great, and the reviews are right. This is not dull one bit, in fact, I was immersed fully so that the 2 hour 15 minute running time seemed to fly by.
At first, there was some confusion in my mind, as the story jumps back and forward in time. I figured out how it all worked. It is like a book with footnotes. As the story progresses, there are flashbacks in time that give perspective to the current situation. For example, seeing one of the daughters with her husband, the time jumps back to their first meeting. It's not a bad device and it does require a little thought from the viewer, which is not a bad thing.
But in general, all aspects are very well done. The New England countryside is beautifully shot. The acting is impeccable, and the lead sister is Jo, who I'm pretty sure will be at least nominated for big awards. The story is an epic covering some very emotional lows and highs, and it works, at least it did for me. The period dialogue is fine, probably some lifted directly from the book, although I am guessing. There is even a sort of modern meta aspect about the story, as the story represents its own genesis as a work of fiction.
All in all, a very fine night at the movies.
Yet to see the new one. Liked the 1949 and 1976 versions. Especially the sisters of the 1976 version. Perhaps this time Oscar for Streep?
Jo (Ronan) was nominated for Supporting Actress when she was a child. She is destined for big things, IMO. I found the time changes a bit awkward at first, also. I think Gerwig did a great job of "updating" the story to a more modern pace. I was expecting another classic presentation but this film is a refreshing in all facets.
once for Atonement, once for Brooklyn and last year for Lady Bird... She def. has the gift..... Not sure I'll pay money to see LW... will probably wait for it on the smaller screen. I am tempted though as I am a fan of Timothee Chalamet as well....This is like the 4th incarnation of this story....
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