Little Women 1994 film review | Book Addicts

Little Women (film)

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Little Women is a 1994 of the famous novel by Louisa May Alcott of the same name.

10 out of 10 stars.  If you’ve read the novel this film adaption follows the novel perfectly.  No bizarre plot adjustments.  The acting is superb.

In Civil War era Massachusetts, the March family is coping with their father off serving in the war.  Food is rationed and there are many citizens of their town much worse off than them.  What little they have they give to the poor and keep barely enough to survive themselves.  The family consists of Marmee the mother, Meg the oldest, Jo the writer, Beth the dreamer, and Amy the romantic brat.

Shortly after their father leaves to join the war effort a new resident comes to live with their neighbor, Mr. Lawrence.  It’s his grandson Theodore whom they invite to join their drama club.  Teddy, who is also sometimes called Laurie, becomes like a brother to the March sisters and his tutor eventually marries Meg.  Teddy falls in love with Jo but when she refuses him he sets his eyes on Amy.  Beth is always tending to the poor and eventually catches Scarlet Fever from them which first makes her sick then eventually kills her.  Jo eventually goes to New York and falls in love with a German professor named Baer.

There’s fun, warmth, love, and companionship.  But mostly it’s about being a girl in a society of men and how to find your place in this world.

10 out of 10 stars.  I’m really not a fan of Susan Sarandon, but this is the best adaptation of the novel I’ve seen.


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