Synopsis: Four sisters come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War.
Release Date: December 25, 2019
Thoughts: It’s a curious thing, watching this first trailer for the much-anticipated holiday release of Little Women. I mean, it’s not exactly like we’ve been starved for adaptations of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel. There was a modern remake last year, a well-regarded BBC mini-series in 2017, and the 1994 version starring Winona Ryder still ranks high on my list. Let’s not forget the Katherine Hepburn entry from 1933 or the one in 1949 with Elizabeth Taylor among the dozens of other takes on the source novel. All this to say I was surprised director Greta Gerwig chose this project as her follow-up to her breakout hit Lady Bird. To me, the way the preview is cut feels too indie twee for me, but Gerwig has assembled a heck of a wonderful cast with Saoirse Ronan (How I Live Now), Timothée Chalamet (Beautiful Boy), Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins), Florence Pugh (Midsommar), Laura Dern (Smooth Talk), and Emma Watson (The Bling Ring) getting into the period costumes to once again bring Alcott’s characters to the screen.