*Brushes off the cobwebs and blows dust off of the keyboard* Woops. It’s been a little while. I haven’t gone! I am back. You’ll see me at least once a month from now on. I promise. In fact there may be more than one post this month! I’ve even put an alarm in my phone!
Anyway, I saw Little Women a couple of weeks ago, and I loved it. I’m going to admit, I’ve never read the book (which I have bought now!) The basic plot (which I feel is allowed to have spoilers seeing as the book is over 150 years old). There are four sisters who the novel forms itself around; in age order they are… Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. Jo is a teacher in New York, Meg is home tending to her family, Beth is unfortunately very sick and Amy is in Europe learning art. The story revolves around their life, including the relationships with other men – Laurie, a regular man about the town, and John, Laurie’s tutor. What’s interesting is that Jo has been writing their whole life into a book, and she puts it out for publishing. She too calls her book Little Women.
I just wanted to warn you that this is going to be an Amy ‘stan’ post. Whilst everyone will tell me that she is a spoilt brat, I really found her to be the most impressive character. And no it’s not just because I am one of Florence Pugh’s biggest fans (though yes, Midsommar is my favourite movie of 2019) but also I found her incredibly relatable. Being the youngest she finds that she cannot go and do the things that her elder sisters do, and I think that she’s really treated like a child and not a young lady, even into her adulthood. Don’t get me wrong, I like Watson as Meg – who decides to marry for love, which means she has no money but she’s with someone she wants to. I love Beth for her caring and loving nature. I also love Jo, for her firey and ambitious nature – for realising what she really wants. But I feel for Amy. She spends her whole life living in the shadow of Jo, trying to live up to Jo, and basically not being Jo. Living in someone’s shadow is not good – and she knows it. So when Laurie admits his feelings for her, she says she’s not being his second pick because Jo won’t have him. She knows what she wants and she won’t be lead down a path she refuses.
What did you think of the film? Did you like it better than the original or the book? Does it deserve an Oscar? Leave a comment down below!