Cinephile № 837 “Little Women”

Nathan Box
2 min readAug 12, 2020

Recommendation: 4/5 Stars, SHOWTIME

Plot: “Jo March reflects back and forth on her life, telling the beloved story of the March sisters — four young women, each determined to live life on her own terms.” -IMDB

Review: In a year when an examination of the power dynamics that keep women from achieving in film or television began to truly take hold of the entertainment industry, I did not expect to find female empowerment in the retelling of a classic novel. Yet, in “Little Women” we find a story of ambition and independence. As Jo March (Saoirse Ronan) reflects on her life and how she arrived at her current state, we find four sisters committed to their craft and making a lasting impression on the world. As you watch this film, you will find yourself consumed by their energy and belief that anything is possible.

Among their lessons and expressions of charity, there is a love of writing, performing, and painting. Jo desperately wants to believe she and her sisters can achieve anything in this world without bowing to the expectations of men. This steadfast belief causes a rift between her sisters as each struggle in their own way to make a living and fulfill their purpose. For Jo, this will mean a reckoning or acceptance. A trial she will have to come to terms within her own creative expression.

As Jo begins to fully examine her life, we find her longing for the simplicity of childhood. She is also forced to acknowledge a life of privilege and all that means. In her art, she comes to terms with independence and how each woman finds it in the things she pursues. In the final scenes, her rigid way of measuring others is relaxed without sacrificing what she holds dear. In an era where men are learning how to make space and women are stepping forward demanding the opportunity to lead, this film serves as a blueprint for both.

Be good to each other,

Nathan

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