Monday, December 30, 2019

Little Women, 2019 - ★★

Greta Gerwig's adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott classic novel is what it is. A safe, simple story of little girls growing up to be women and it's a story that just isn't my cup of tea. I was thoroughly bored throughout this film and while I did respect the performances (especially the up-and-coming Florence Pugh and the grande dame herself Meryl Streep) I just wasn't engaged with this movie.

Gerwig has made two films in a row (2017's Lady Bird) that really just didn't do it for me. The biggest issue I had with this film is the rapid jumps back and forth through time. The film is paced through a series of present-day sequences intercut (with almost no explanation at times) with flashback scenes. It was very confusing to know what time frame you were witnessing throughout the movie.

The score by Alexandre Desplat is one of his worst film scores and the movie felt entirely too long. I'm sure there's a target audience for this type of film but it certainly isn't me.

No comments: