Updated: May 26
Little Women, written and directed by Greta Gerwig, is the newest adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel of the same name. It is a film bursting with heart, warmth, energy, and joy from beginning to end. Let's talk about it.
Little Women's main strengths as a film are the score, the visuals, and the direction from Gerwig. Starting with the score composed by Alexandre Desplat, it is always fitting to the current tone of the scene it is placed in. In times of happiness and innocence, the score plays a nice and soothing theme to relax the audience into the film's current environment. When the scene gets tough, however, the music executes a much more mellow, seemingly sadder tone.
Unlike many films, Little Women's score helps make scenes taking place in the film more emotional and actually helps the movie as a whole be taken more seriously.
Another notable aspect of the film is the cinematography. This is a good looking movie. Greta Gerwig's direction and the camerawork by Yorick Le Saux work together to create a stunningly beautiful movie shot classically using 35mm film. The framing, shot composition and especially lighting really separate this movie from the rest.
Throughout the runtime, the film is constantly jumping through two different time-frames. As such, the crew needed to figure out a way to make sure the audience could tell the difference between both timelines. The solution they found (almost) worked like a gem- the scenes from the past were color-coded to a bright golden color, and the one's taking place in the present were mad to look cold, sad, and peaceful in a blue coding. The problem rises with the editing. Multiple scenes cut between timelines very fast, and although the color-coding works amazingly, the quick scene transitions make the film confusing at times, and could have been executed better overall.
In regards to the performances by the actors portraying the classic characters, everyone is great. The standouts are definitely Florence Pugh, who is quickly making her status known with not just this but Midsommar (which also came out this year), and Eliza Scanlen.
Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, Timothée Chalamet, and Saorsie Ronan are great (as per usual), and although she isn't doing a great job with the American accent assigned to her, Emma Watson still kills it with physical movements, line delivery and facial expressions.
Every other aspect of this film is practically perfect. The script is beautifully written and perfectly captures the innocence of youth and the ugliness of life, Greta Gerwig's direction makes every single scene fun and entertaining to watch, and the costume and production design is out of this world.
Overall, Little Women is easily one of the best films of 2019 and is recommended to all of you from all of us at The CinemaScope.
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