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.
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