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Little Women

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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 their own terms.

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This is a good movie, but it’s hard to follow because it jumps around a lot – it’s difficult to tell what’s a flashback and what’s present day – although it does seem to be a frame story. It begins with Jo writing her story and ends with her publishing it.

Each March sister gets her own vignette, and the vignettes tie the story together. Meg (Emma Watson) is the oldest, and she marries for love, regardless of status. Jo (Saoirse Ronan) is the writer, a free spirit who doesn’t think about love until it’s almost too late. Amy (Florence Pugh) is the drama queen who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to get it. Beth (Eliza Scanlen) is the youngest, innocent, a gifted piano player, and, unfortunately, sick for most of the movie. The head of the house – at least while their father is away fighting the war is Marmee, their mother (Laura Dern).

And of course, there’s Aunt March (Meryl Streep). She’s the crotchety old lady who has to have things just so. Streep’s make-up was really good; it made her look really old – appropriately old for the character.

Theodoore “Laurie” Laurence (Timothée Chalamet) might be described as the general love interest in the story. He starts off as a bit of a bad boy, but by the end of the movie, he’s changed his ways.

The theme of this movie is family – the March sisters might not have much, but they have each other. It’s definitely a warm and fuzzy feel good movie.

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