Movie of the Week: Little Women (1994)

Just after I watched Jane Eyre, I was overcomed by the desire to watch another classic and a movie that I’ve been meaning to watch for a long while now and hadn’t found the time: Little Women (1994). People… 1994… I’m going to assume that nothing I can say on a movie that came out 20 years ago, from a novel that has more than 100 years, is going to be a spoiler, ok?!

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Just to be clear, I do remember watching it before – though not in full – and I did know the outline of the story, given that I watched the anime when I was a kid. Again, I haven’t read the book, but this is one that I desperately want to read.

Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott and published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. In 1994, Gillian Armstrong directed this adaptation to the big screen, which came out (almost) 20 years ago… (now I’m feeling old…). With Trini Alvarado, Winona Ryder, Claire Danes and Kirsten Dunst as Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March, and Susan Sarandon as their lovely mother (and lets not forget Christian Bale is also there playing Laurie).

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I love this movie so much, I laughed, I cried (a lot) – oh Beth, poor Beth… It was a rather enjoyable couple of hours, that I’ll be sure to repeat some time very soon. I absolutely love this story, I identify myself more with Meg and Beth, more than anyone of the others and I secretly (or maybe not so secretly) don’t really like Amy – though she has her moments when she’s little.

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One thing I will never be ok with: Laurie marrying Amy… JUST FREAKING NO! I don’t mind that Jo rejected him (though from what I just read, it was a stubbornness from Alcott that prevented them from being together). But Laurie marrying Jo’s younger sister?! Hell no! Come on, he should love her as a little sister, they didn’t have anything in common. I can only see one reason for that union: “well, I can’t have Jo, Meg is married, Beth will die soon… well, I’ll marry Amy!”… not cool man!

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