#100 Movies in 2020 - Movie Number 2 - Little Women

My only knowledge of this incredibly famous piece of literature is the fact Joey puts it in the fridge in Friends so I had no expectations for this at all. I'm not generally a fan of period dramas or anything that's a bit Austen like but this has a great cast and the trailer I kept seeing made me want to give it a go.

It's essentially a coming of age drama about the March sisters, 'Little Women' coming from what their father calls them.

Told from the point of view of Jo and set during the American Civil War this tells the story of Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth and the struggles of growing up in the late 1800s its a tale of love, loss, family and finding yourself. Jo is the least conventional sister who doesn't believe a woman should be defined by who she marries and has aspirations to be a writer.

Watching this movie I can see how it has inspired a lot of other things over the years as I didn't feel I was watching anything unique or anything I hadn't seen before. This came first though being published in 1868 so this was the trailblazer for all that came after.

Jo is a great character and Saoirse Ronan plays her wonderfully. This is the second time she's worked with Greta Gerwig (after Ladybird) and its clear they are a good team. Jo as a character is a very strong determined woman very ahead of her time.

Timothee Chalamet plays Laurie who appears to be a love interest of several of the sisters. He's a great actor but as the story goes on and they grow up he doesn't seem to age at all. I found him a little hard to believe as the character he was.

It was funnier than I was expecting and Meryl Streep as the Aunt was brilliant.

It's sad in places and heartwarming in others.

I loved Saoirse in this and equally Florence Pugh who I'd only seen before as Paige in Fighting with my Family so this could not have been more different. She's an amazing actress and one I think, like Saoirse, who will be a reason to watch something for me. However, I was not so taken by Emma Watson in this, I'm not sure if its just the character that wasn't likeable but it wasn't one of her greatest roles.

It's most definitely one for the girls this - 99% of the audience in the cinema were women. A lot of them looked like 3 or 4 generations of the same family who had no doubt read this growing up.

It's an enjoyable way to spend a few hours, I didn't hate it but it isn't one I'll be rushing to watch again

Jodie Brough Follow me on Twitter @jodievoicefm