Little Women (2019)
LONG ENTERTAINING FAMILY-DRAMA GETS INSPIRING WITH ASPIRATIONAL WRITER
As Little Women has been adapted several times before this film, we’re or most of us are familiar with the plot and the setting. It’s during the civil war and it follows four sisters through sickness and health, romance and friendship.
With a profound cast of four talent and well-women in the lead, Saoirse Ronan takes the lead with a really good performance. She knows what to do and how to deliver her lines with care. She’s the main character as well. With the other characters, we’ve Emma Watson, Florence Pugh and Eliza Scanlen. As Watson and Scanlen do give that much of an impactful performance, Pugh gives sometimes heart-breaking effort in some scenes. Powerful enough to give you a reasonable impact. Therefore, Pugh and Ronan are the best ones in this film.
The plot shifts and the real story is sort hard to grasp as it’s depicted as a daily-life routine. The siblings also fight over a gentleman and confront the aunt, played by Meryl Streep. Laura Dern shares scenes with the sisters as a loving and caring mother. All the sister does have different things to focus and weirdly enough, it’s all creative activities for these characters to waste time on.
As sometimes during the film, it feels like the dramatic scenes are undeserving and unnecessary. It’s just a plot tool for it to be happening. The male is just antagonistic and the father, played by Bob Odenkirk, strikes me as an odd casting-choice to the warming and fuzzy feeling. More so, the sisters are all fighting over the same man and it strikes the undertone that these men are all dependable of their males and not that independent as you would wish it would.
It’s a simpler story than what you’re used to. The story interacts in a nice way, though. Ronan is the real one her, she has a passion for her hobbies larger than her siblings. It gives a better impact. Her compassion for writing is intriguing and inspiring. Overall, the acting is decent. Not the best one, just a simple family-oriented drama. The directing is good. The inspiring feeling this film sends is the best part. No doubt about it.
It’s a decent film. Not good or bad. But a little long in some scenes, perhaps. Yet, an overall decent film but not enough good to win an Oscar, maybe costume design. But the other? Nothing near that.