REVIEW: Little Women is an astounding, astute examination of female empowerment

This period piece set in the 1850’s takes a broad lens on a group of sisters, and what they have to do in order to honour their families and society.

But we soon find out that — regardless of what time it takes place — the themes of love, soulmates, family responsibilities and women’s right to work are still reflected in our lives today.

What makes the plights of the March sisters so enjoyable and close to our hearts is the way director Greta Gerwig — remaking a modern classic — ensures we find love, adoration and understand the complexity of every character.

She creates an incredible, romantic film, and the fact her film was nominated for six Oscars and she was cast aside as director is the biggest snub of the year.

With headstrong Saoirse Ronan and an incredible supporting performance from Florence Pugh leading proceedings, the story of four sisters who each want love, marriage, or to work in varying degrees to one another is so beautiful.

Emma Watson, Laura Dern, Eliza Scanlen, a wonderful Timothee Chalamet and an underutilized Meryl Streep round out the ensemble.

It’s a fantastic work and one of the best — yet most under-appreciated — films of the year. It’s triumphant, sad, evocative and a true sight to behold. It’s hard not to see the film and not realize the unforgettable nature of these characters.

I have no doubt the esteem for Little Women will only grow with time.

4.5/5 Stars

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