Little Women Big Impact


Rebecca LiVigni // Managing Editor

The new 2019 production of “Little Women” has gained a significant amount of popularity in the film industry. On this 12th adaptation of the iconic book written by Louisa May Alcott, director Greta Gerwig incorporates her own unique touch.


The cast for this 2019 version includes actors such as Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Emma Watson, Timothée Chalamet, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern and Meryl Streep. According to Gerwig, she had previously worked with many of these actors and knew that she wanted to cast them in this film. Although there have been countless versions of the film, this one is the most-nominated version in Oscar history. While there has been consistent praise surrounding Pugh on her first-ever Oscar nomination, fans were disappointed, to say the least, to find out that Gerwig was not nominated in the best director category.


This film itself is quite true to the original book, but there were changes made to accommodate modern-day audiences. One noticeable difference, though, is the incorporation of a stronger feminist point of view. The book obviously has a strong opposition to the inequality that women face, but the film shows Jo having stronger arguments than the original text. Another major difference is the ending. In the book, readers are given a clear understanding of how Jo spends the rest of her life, but in the movie, viewers are able to interpret in their own way—especially if they only see this particular adaptation. Another dominant feature of this film is the lack of a direct timeline. In previous adaptations, the story is followed chronologically, but in this one, there is a consistent jump between the past and the present. This lack of order adds a sense of familiarity in contrasting scenes and gives the overall film a new and exciting look. The cinematography greatly impacts the way the film comes together. Throughout the film, the scenes in the past are all shown in a lighter and happier tone, whereas the scenes in the present portray a darker and more isolated tone. The cinematography is so recognized that it was even nominated for an oscar. 


All in all, the film has led many people to run to the theatres to go and see the exciting new adaptation. From the contemporary cast to the modern director, children, teens and adults have pleasantly enjoyed this wholesome film.