On Christmas Day, Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Little Women premiered. Audience members, including enthusiastic staff and students, were eager to enjoy the classic story told with a fresh spin.
Gerwig became a teen favorite from her indie coming of age hit Lady Bird. The success of Lady Bird was thanks not only to the relatable mother-daughter bond it portrayed, but also to the cast, which made fans flock to see her film Little Women.
Featured in both Gerwig’s films are teenage sensation Timothée Chalamet, who plays Theodore “Laurie” Laurence, and Saoirse Ronan, who plays Jo March, a character stand out for her poignant monologue on 19th century women’s roles midway through the film.
Senior Amelia Gordon said, “I think the director definitely made the movie more entertaining and interesting than the original story, which I have always found boring. I was already a fan of some of the actors such as Timothee Chalamet and Emma Watson.” Watson plays Meg March, the eldest of the March sisters.
The inventive take on the well-known story contributed to the popularity of the film. This adaptation gives the March sisters a current day feel, as they speak in typical teenage vernacular and act foolish with one another, straying from the stiffness that adaptations of classics often have.
This portrayal resonated with Gordon. “The language and acting felt more modern even though the story takes place a long time ago.”
Gerwig tells the story by switching between two periods of the girl's life: one told when the four Marches are still growing up, and the other seven years later when they are in the adult world.
Of the artistic choice, Jeanmarie Ringwood, school nurse, said, “It didn’t affect my experience, I completely enjoyed the story.”
However different this adaptation may be, the heart of the story remains unchanged. “I cried and I giggled,” expressed Ringwood. “I could relate about the sibling relationships. I’m the youngest and close to my brothers and sisters and couldn’t imagine my life without them.”
Little Women portrayed sisterhood genuinely, including the fighting, crying, hugging, laughing and caring for each other which made the story endearing for all audiences.