In the most recent film version of Little Women, originally written by Louisa May Alcott, Greta Gerwig beautifully executes a new spin on a classic story. The way that Gerwig places the scenes out of chronological order flawlessly displays and emphasizes the character development of the March girls and shows how their family bonds, while tested, grow stronger through their trials.
While this movie does take place during 1860s, it still relates to today’s society when it comes to the value of family. All four of the March girls express some example of selflessness in order to put their family first; Meg did not spend money on luxurious things so that her husband could buy a new winter coat, Jo sold her hair in order for her mother to visit her father in the hospital, Amy was willing to marry a man in order to help her family financially, and Beth took up most of the housework while her mother had to be away. These girls also show the reality of sisterly love. While they have their arguments, no matter how drastic the fights become, they always forgive one another.
This film continues the tradition of Alcott’s inspiring story and appeals to the next generation, ensuring that this timeless tale of family and faith will continue to encourage and inspire young women.