Jo March, who is the film’s heroine, when asked what she’s writing about said “The film is just about our little life”. The film Little Women is a literary classic produced by Louisa May Alcott and was adapted to the screen in 2019 by Greta Gerwig. This was after a number of previous film adaptations had occurred.
Greta Grewig noted that the book was that of her youth and that encouraged her to want to be a writer and also, a director. Of course, her abilities to write stories and sense artistry overshadow those of the story’s main character and Jo March, who is the aspiring writer.
Jo is being showcased by Saoirse Ronan, together with her and her sisters Amy (Florence Pugh), Beth (Eliza Scanlen), and Meg(Emma Watson), trying to make a living in the 19th century Concord, Massachusetts, whereas their Dad is away from home and was fighting in the Civil War.
Right under Laura Dern’s loving eye, who is their mother, the March sisters handle their family life, studies, and livelihood, their different personal interests and inclinations, simple joys and major illness, and romances and marriage prospects.
It is one of those films where everything happens in fact, without the plot being shattered, twisted, or anything that sounds like a major announcement or disappointment, as the case may be.
Sharply drawn lives come out of their everyday pains and joys. In this movie, a great artistic truth is found that’s achieved by this kind of storytelling, and also pulls us all in, referring to the viewers.
The Adaptation of Gerwig is among one of the awesome films that have a live-in quality, where the characters have the feeling that they’ve inhabited and will continue to do so even after the audience has come and gone.
The characters feel natural and comfortable while at it, rather than feel forced into moves that only serve some purposes of scenes in a movie that has been pre-specified.
What Happens in the Ending?
In the original novel, Jo got married at the end.
However, it is different in the film’s ending. In the film’s ending, unmarried Jo could be seen trying to convince a publisher to buy her story, a publisher that refuses to publish the book about a young woman that has been looking for love and is yet to find one.
Then, Jo wrote a different ending to please her publisher and it was played by the film as a sequence of romantic fantasy, made complete with kissing in the rain.
At first, it’s not certain if the sequence is imaginary, however, it is broken by the reality whereby Jo profited after giving her Publisher what he wanted, while she continues living her life on her own terms, assisted by the success of the book.