As you know Little Women comes out on Friday and if you’re an avid reader/lover of classics you’re probably wondering Little Women: Does it Live up to the Classic? I can honestly say I was worried about watching this movie. You see for me I was raised with an old classic Little Women book. I just learned that it is worth a ton of money. Too bad I can’t find it! So I’m a diehard classic fan. I’ve walked out of movies because they deviate too much from the story. So this was a hard idea for me. They were taking the classic Little Women and making it with a modern twist. I got to screen a preview of Little Women and write this Little Women Review thanks to Level 3.
Does it stick to the Little Women Story line?
For the most part, yes. There are a few pieces of the story that are left out and it drives me crazy. For a viewer who is not a fanatic it probably won’t bother you or be something you even notice. One example is that in every movie and book, Jo has always called Laurie Teddy. It was her private name for him and it was something that endeared her to me. Its not in the movie. The presence of Mr. Laurence is much more involved in both the books and the older movies. He is only there for the piano scenes with Beth which disheartens me some. I love his character and he adds to Jo’s character as he loves her attitude. However, the main portions of the story line are followed.
Does it Live Up to the Classic?
I enjoyed the movie and would definitely watch it again, but it’s not my favorite version by any means. It is a great way to get kids of this day and age to get interested in a classic though. Little Women shows how you can take a classic and update it to fit today’s world. I will say I wanted this movie to play the Beth role up. I wanted to have that guttural reaction when they learn Beth is sick/dies. Its not there in this movie. Trust me when I say my emotions are on edge right now and I could use a really good scream but it’s just not there. Beth does get sick and die but the emotions are not as strong in my opinion in this version versus others.
Are the Male Characters Still Strong Presences?
As much as I love that the movie/book has always focused more on the female characters, the male characters do play an important role that needs to be seen in the movie. I don’t feel they are as involved in this version. Father still comes home. Laurie is still there as well as Mr. Laurence but I feel some of the scenes that are more male oriented have been removed completely. As I said earlier, I really loved the back and forth between Jo and Teddy (Laurie) but it is extremely down played in this version. Professor Baer is still present in the movie but his involvement is also lessened. He is seen more as an invisible role with writings back and forth with Jo and not as much give and take in person as they had previously been shown.
Little Women Review: Should you see Little Women?
If you want to introduce a tween/teen to the classic, yes. I would take Rachael in a heart beat to see it because it is completely age appropriate for her. There are no scenes that are not okay for an 11 year old. I would definitely see it if she had sisters.
If you’re a die hard classic fan? I would probably wait to see it or at least go in knowing that while its good there are some plot points that are missing or just touched upon. For me I fell in love with the book as a kid. I wanted what Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy had, a sister relationship that would surpass all the differences, the fights. I wanted a relationship where my sister would hate me one second but risk her life for me the next, would give up her allowance to make me happy.