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Little Women already being praised as a ‘near perfect film’ as adaptation is tipped for Oscar glory


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Little Women has barely been out for more than a day but it’s already getting rave reviews for the stellar cast and story-telling and it’s what the movie deserves.

The movie – based on Louisa May Alcott’s novel of the same name – has just premiered and already critics and fans alike have come together to praise the amazing work done in the film.

Lady Bird’s Saoirse Ronan (Jo), The Falling’s Florence Pugh (Amy), Harry Potter‘s Emma Watson (Meg) and Sharp Objects actress Eliza Scanlen (Beth) play the beloved March sisters.

While they are joined by the infallible Meryl Streep as Aunt March, Big Little Lies star Laura Dern and Marmee March and heart-throb Timothée Chalamet as Theodore Laurence aka Laurie.

Seeing as Saoirse and Timothee have previously worked with director Greta Gerwig in Lady Bird, the good reviews confirm the energy they both bring on-screen is unmatchable.

Based in the civil war era, sisters Meg, Beth, Jo and Amy are seen growing up together in an all-female household.

As Ishani Nath tweeted: ‘Mini movie review: #LittleWomen will make you laugh with Amy, believe in love with Meg, feel deep feels with Beth and light a fire in your heart with Jo. I’m calling it now, Greta Gerwig’s latest gem will be a new holiday classic.’

Best movie of the year? (Picture: Columbia Pictures)

TIME magazine, celebrated director Greta’s ability to make the movie feel modern while still being ‘respectful’ to its 19th-century era.

Calling the film ‘respectful and invigorating’, she wrote: ‘… With her film adaptation, Gerwig re-embroiders and reinforces that unspoken reassurance. Like Alcott, she leads by example: She has made a film that’s complex and thoughtful but that is also, at every moment, pure pleasure to watch.’

The Washington Post said similar, calling the latest version of Louisa Alcott’s classic book, ‘a nearly perfect film’, while Empire Magazine praised the film for ‘centering the narrative on grown women with real-world concerns.’

‘From the uniformly excellent performances of a talented ensemble to the just-right choices in scoring, art direction, costuming and editing, this is a stunning interpretation,’ The Wrap added.

The ultimate cast (Picture: Columbia Pictures)

If that doesn’t convince you to watch the adaption of a literature classic, nothing will.

Little Women has been adapted into a movie many-a-time, with the most recent one being 1994’s version starring Winona Ryder, Christian Bale, Kirsten Dunst and Susan Sarandon.

Considering the movie earned three Oscar-nominations, it seemed hard to beat.

But now, the latest adaptation has already earned 90% on Metacritic and 96% on Rotten Tomatoes so it might be time for a new reigning troupe of Little Women.

Dana Schwartz also jumped on the Little Women train, tweeting: ‘LITTLE WOMEN was extraordinary. I can’t remember the last time I saw such a beautiful, and beautifully crafted, film.’

That’s that then; we’re booking seats for multiple screenings of it.

Little Women is out in cinemas now. 



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