The Best Bits of Greta Gerwig's Little Women
Greta Gerwig’s remake of Little Women was a joy to watch and we loved everything about it. The honest writing, the superb acting and the beautiful cinematography to mention just a few. It was earthy, refreshing and filled with integrity; it remained true to its historical roots yet emanated a warmth and energy fit for modern times.
Gerwig’s fresh take on the timeline means you become invested almost instantly, with the beginning of the film set seven years in the future. We learn about the sisters and their life together (the parts we’re all familiar with) through a series of flashbacks. Suddenly the decisions they make as teenagers, some of them seemingly fluffy, carry an immense weight. There are real implications to their choices - good and bad - that we’ve already seen their future selves navigating.
If you couldn’t tell, we’re obsessed.
So obsessed in fact, that we wanted to write a blog post detailing some of our favourite moments. If you’re yet to watch and dislike spoilers then come back once you’ve seen it! Just so you know, the moments aren’t in chronological order. (What can we say, we were inspired by the film.)
Laura Dern is amazing as Marmee and there are so many quiet, subtle moments where she displays huge amounts of dignity and grit. We loved the moment she had with an impassioned Jo, reminding her that we are all both a work in progress and a masterpiece at the same time.
“I’m not patient by nature, but with forty years of experience, I’m learning not to let it get the better of me.”
Amy’s speech on marriage was a serious mic drop moment. Florence Pugh’s performance was wonderful throughout the film but it was particularly stunning in this scene.
“I’m just a woman. And as a woman, there’s no way for me to make my own money. Not enough to earn a living or to support my family, and if I had my own money, which I don’t, that money would belong to my husband the moment we got married. And if we had children, they would be his, not mine. They would be his property, so don’t sit there and tell me that marriage isn’t an economic proposition, because it is. It may not be for you, but it most certainly is for me.”
We have to mention her outfit in this scene too. The cape she puts on at the end is a thing of beauty.
Eliza Scanlen captures the essence of Beth wonderfully. We loved the scene on the beach with Jo but our favourite was the quiet, understated moment she shared with Mr Laurence after he gifted her the piano.
Meg’s scenes weren’t all memorable however she did have perhaps one of our favourite lines from the entire film.
“Just because my dreams are different than yours doesn’t mean they’re unimportant.”
Dreams don’t have to be world changing to be important. As long as we are working towards a dream that we’ve chosen for ourselves, then that’s enough.
Despite her sometimes shaky accent, Emma Watson was brilliant and we loved this heartfelt moment between the two sisters.
A moment that really made us laugh (but for some reason not the rest of the cinema?) was Amy making a plaster cast of her feet to give to Laurie and subsequently getting stuck in a bucket. As though having nice feet was the make of break feature of a person. It was pure light-hearted silliness.
“I have lovely small feet, the best in the family.”
There are so many great examples of wonderful cinematography throughout this film but our favourite was the scene that showed Jo sitting on the hill in the vast expanse of the countryside after rejecting Laurie’s proposal. The composition, the lighting - it reflects her feelings so beautifully; how she perhaps feels a little lost and small in that moment whilst simultaneously reinforcing how much she has left to conquer and achieve.
Jo had a lot fantastic lines and Saoirse Ronan was incredible at performing them. We had a fair few that we wanted to include in this list, including the following:
“I’d rather be a free spinster and paddle my own canoe.”
“I can’t get over my disappointment at being a girl.”
“Writing doesn’t confirm importance. It reflects it.”
“I like good strong words that mean something.”
But our favourite, and perhaps the most recognisable due to its feature in the trailer, is this:
“Women have minds and souls as well as just hearts. And they’ve got ambition and talent as well as just beauty. And I’m sick of people saying that love is all a woman is fit for.
Saoirse Ronan delivered it so beautifully. Got us right in the feels.
Honestly, we could go on for quite some time and we can't wait to watch it again. We'd love to know your favourite moment and maybe which sister you relate to most?