LITTLE WOMEN releases in the theaters across America this Friday, September 28th, 2018. It is a modern retelling of the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott.
I’m not the target audience for the movie but my wife and I decided to watch it with the kids. Their comments and reviews will be the focus of this article.
Disclaimer: I received a Starbucks gift card (valued at $10), an e-gift card for movie tickets (valued at $25), a digital screener, and promotional material in exchange for my honest review.
Sisters—and dreams—are unique in their ability to inspire, encourage and change the world. For 150 years, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women has motivated women of all ages to dream together and celebrate family. Coming to theaters for the first time, a modern retelling of LITTLE WOMEN brings a new generation together with their mothers, sisters and friends.
From girls playing in the attic to women living with purpose, the March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy—are committed to always supporting each other. Yet, growing up sometimes means growing apart. An aspiring writer, Jo leaves for New York determined to publish a novel. In the wake of rejected draft upon draft, her editor challenges Jo to write about something more interesting—her family. When tragedy brings the sisters back home, sticking together takes on new meaning. As Jo comforts her sick sister, Beth asks for one thing: a story. Jo knows the perfect one … by heart.
Reviews & Comments
As I said, I’m not the target audience for this film so first I’ll share reviews from my wife and daughters.
My Wife’s Take
This movie was an attempt at an old-fashioned story turned modern. I enjoyed it more once I set aside my expectations of it being true to the classic book.
The characters are likable, the story predictable yet charming. It’s still old-fashioned: no special effects, no car chases, no truly modern angst… but it treats timeless themes and makes you think about how these appealing girls each approached life differently.
My kids liked the way the girls enjoyed playing together and showed true appreciation for the importance of relationships with siblings.
Could some of the characters been more fully developed, the acting more intense? Sure. Could the plot have been more direct and less meandering? Yep. But certain personalities and certain scenes really stick with you, and the movie leaves you feeling charmed, wishing you could live in that world.
All in all, a pleasant family film with some nice messages.
My Daughter’s Take
Since I am not super familiar with the book, I thought it was a perfectly good movie, with likable, relatable characters and an interesting story line. (I’ve never read the book because it was way too boring and seemed plot-less and dull.)
I thought it was a realistic view on a family’s path through life, and how their bonds with each other either tear down or strengthen their experiences together. It was mostly a family drama, feel-good movie for me.
The Boys’ Take
My three boys didn’t have as much to say about the movie. Again, LITTLE WOMEN isn’t their made for boys who like superheroes and explosions.
They liked that the sisters were all looking out for each other and that the characters are relate-able.
My youngest said he liked when the sisters were acting like soldiers how they included each other in their play.
My oldest at home said, “It kept me wanting to watch it. I think the casting was good. The flashbacks made it hard to follow at times.”
I have never read the book, Little Women, and knew nothing about the plot or story. I think that helped me enjoy it a little more because I didn’t have any expectations.
The casting and acting is solid. I never felt like I was a watching a “Pure Flix” film. The plot was pretty straight-forward but the execution of it through flashbacks and jumping around made it tough to follow sometimes. None of this took away from my overall enjoyment of the film.
At one point in the the film, Meg laments, “I’m sick of being the weird homeschooled sisters.” If you homeschool your kids like we do, your kids have probably felt this way at some time too.
When one potentially questionable scene was developing, we had our youngest kids step out for about a minute and they returned and finished watching the movie. There wasn’t anything objectionable in the scene but the theme was a bit too mature (thus the PG-13 rating).
Husbands, your wife will like this movie so it will make for a great date-night. Find a babysitter and take your wife out for dinner and a movie and enjoy a relaxing evening.
Release date: 9/28/18
Studio: Pinnacle Peak
Talent: Lea Thompson (BACK TO THE FUTURE), Sarah Davenport, Lucas Grabeel (HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL), Ian Bohen, Bart Johnson (HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL).