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Little Women in the New Decade

Updated: Nov 16, 2023

By Kenzel Williams

Director Greta Gerwig has done it again with her latest film masterpiece “Little Women,” a modern twist on the Victorian classic.

She has successfully juxtaposed the concept of 19th-century feminism with 21st-century societal ideals with the help of her star-studded cast including Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Emma Watson, and Timothée Chalamet.

Although the movie takes place in the 1800s, today’s youth is able to relate to the March sisters’ domestic struggles of the time.

Jo’s struggle as a female author in a male-dominated society, Meg’s wish to have the money for a new dress, Amy feeling second to her sisters, and Beth’s battle with sickness will resonate with the movie’s modern audience.

The film has received high praise among moviegoers and film critics alike, receiving a 95% on Rotten Tomatoes.

In addition, Little Women has been nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role (Saorise Ronan), and Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Florence Pugh).

One of the major themes was family love and hospitality. After seeing the movie, student Brynn Bogard noted, “everyone was giving and generous, especially Marmie.”

Bogard stated that the care the March family had for others isn’t common in today’s society.

Bogard pointed out one scene in particular where the March family gives away their breakfast as a Christmas gift but ends up receiving another from the Laurence family.

Sometimes, one has to make some sacrifices for the good of others. In this case of kindness, “one door closes and another one opens,” Bogard said.

Student Diana Damurjian is a self-proclaimed film fanatic. “Little Women” taught her to do what makes you happy and no issue or struggle is unimportant.

She referenced one line, where Meg responds to Jo’s wish to run away — “Just because my dreams are different than yours, doesn’t mean they’re unimportant.” If you want to be heard, it is up to you to bring attention to that battle.

I can understand the hype that the movie has generated. The movie is not just relatable to women, but to youth in general.

“Little Women” has impacted a plethora of young adults. Seeing the March sisters grow lets the audience to reminisce on their own childhoods.

The sibling love and laughter connects generously with the audience who grew up with similar family structures.

Having two sisters myself, the relationship shared between March sisters really resonated with me.

But, the film wasn’t just about the March family. Laurie Lawrence was a man that everyone could fall in love with. The quirkiness of his personality matches well with teens today.

In my opinion, Little Women is sure to become a classic.

The film has managed to capture a new generation of Little Women fans, and it has successfully brought new attention to the struggles of a 19th-century woman

It has become one of my favorite movies, and I highly recommend that everyone watches it.


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