So I have to start by admitting that the Winona Ryder version of this adaptation has always been my favorite. It has this feeling of nostalgia like I'm watching the story unfold as someone is recounting a memory. It's lively and energetic, but not as if it was happening today. This version feels different.
Greta Gerwig's little women feel more in the moment. While it takes place in the past, it's shot in a way that makes it feel relevant to today. It's got hints of women rights issues, from Amy's admitting that they only way a woman can have value is by marrying the right man or Jo opening her school so girls can get a better education (even though both boys and girls can attend). We even get a publishing scene, when Jo watches on as her book "Little Women" is published (having haggled with her editor in a previous scene).
I may just have a new favorite.
To see a comparison of book vs. move, check out CinemaBlend's review.
What I loved about this series are the illustrations. The illustrations are colorful, fun and effectively enhanced the text on the page. I found myself searching for hidden gems among them.
The other thing I liked was the concept. It's not about the adults interacting with the kids, but the kids interacting with the adults. This allows kids to not feel like their babies who need to be taken care of, but big kids who can help out.
Add in the fun and quirky activity ideas and you have a series kids will want to engage with.
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