Little Women is a book I have not read. As such, besides that Friends episode where Rachel spoils the story for Joey, I didn’t really know much beforehand.
Based on Louisa May Alcott’s famous novel about four sisters coming-of-age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War, there are three things that stood out most and in a good way while watching director Greta Gerwig’s remake.
Firstly, the beauty that is the gift of sisterhood. Beauty that is there when you’re happy with your sister, when you’re mad at your sister and when times aren’t so great. I like how accurately and honestly Gerwig captured the magic of these moments. Second, I’ve always been partial to stories of girls and women who are determined enough to decide on the life they want and go after it; regardless of other’s expectations. An even more impressive move during far less liberated periods in women’s history.
Lastly, unrequited love. The presence of this theme in Little Women resulted in my favourite and some of the most moving moments in the whole film. Particularly the one that takes place in a field with Timothée Chalamet and Saoirse Ronan’s characters.
In terms of how I feel about Gerwig’s film overall, it’s very well acted by all involved. I especially enjoyed Chalamet, Ronan and Florence Pugh’s performances. Beyond that and the standout moments I’ve referenced, I can’t say that I love Gerwig’s movie. This is in part because I’m not quite a fan of the editing. The way it jumped back and forth to different time lines proved more annoying than fully necessary. Perhaps the story was to big to tell in the allotted time. Furthermore, I found that Little Women really became most interesting from Meg’s wedding onwards. The unfortunate thing about that is Meg’s wedding doesn’t take place until approximately two thirds into the movie.
Big fans of the book will probably like this film far more than I did. For everyone else, I say follow your curiosities – even if it was a Friends episode that ignited it.
The time has come for a remake of the classic Little Women story of four sisters who come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War.
Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott, Greta Gerwig directs Florence Pugh, Timothée Chalamet, Emma Watson, Meryl Streep, Saoirse Ronan…
Hello wonderful cast! Greetings promising trailer! Well, well, well, delightful dialogue! I simply cannot wait to see this one. Looks like miss Gerwig is in Fantastic form. I’m of course completely ready for every word that comes out of Streep’s character’s mouth.
Laura Dern, James Norton, Chris Cooper, Bob Odenkirk, Eliza Scanlen, Louis Garrel, Abby Quinn, Sasha Frolova, Eowyn Young and Jamie Ghazarian also star.
There are a number of things including the history lesson that made me want to watch Mary Queen Of Scots; the story of the troubled relationship between Elizabeth I, Queen of England, and her cousin Mary Stuart.
Considering that director Josie Rourke’s film is a costume drama, I’d hoped to see lots of sumptuous clothing design, in addition to very well written dialogue delivered by great actors. The film’s trailer even had me expecting something not too far from as epic as director Shekhar Kapur and Cate Blanchett’s Elizabeth (1998).Unfortunately for me, things didn’t quite transpire that way.
Starring Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, Joe Alwyn and Guy Pearce, there certainly were a handful of well designed costumes to enjoy. Yet it’s the few moments of beautiful visuals – especially outdoor cinematography that proved most arresting for me. Even more so than the dialogue and general story editing which I have to admit had me less engaged and interested than I envisioned I’d be.
It’s likely that in addition to finding the story more dull than anticipated, my interest also started to diminish in part because of how distressing sitting through the sexism and misogyny proved to be.
Just like my recent review of On The Basis of Sex (2018), another historical drama, it’s the part near the very end that I liked most about Mary Queen Of Scots. Meaning, everything from the moment the two royals finally meet. Actually, even with that said, I still choose the few visually arresting moments over the dialogue and this telling of the Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart story.
Watch Mary Queen Of Scots if you absolutely must. As for myself, I think it’s time I re-watched the great Elizabeth (1998).
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Emily Watson, Billy Howle and Ann-Marie Duff, I’m glad I made it to the end of On Chesil Beach. Though a seemingly slow-moving story, I didn’t completely hate watching life unfold for a young couple whose idyllic romance in 1962 England collides with issues of sexual freedom, societal pressure and more.
The romance at the heart of the story is pleasant enough but when I think of On Chesil Beach, whatI’ll first recall is the gorgeous blue hue of Ronan’s beach outfit. Besides that, I’ll remember director Dominic Cooke’s movie becauseit had me thinking about two key topics that have always intrigued me. The first one being effective communication, which sadly isn’t always possible when in the heat of the moment – and as a result can lead to some fairly unfortunate circumstances. The second and most heartbreaking subject is that of how a toxic parent child relationship can negatively affect the child’s life, particularly when truth and / or reconciliation plus therapy don’t happen.
Overall, I don’t think ‘enjoyed’ is quite the right word for how I feel about this movie. The performances were good even though it took me a few minutes to stop seeing Cillian Murphy in Howle’s role – not that Howle did a bad job, mind you.
Overall, On Chesil Beach is a film I watched that I neither loved nor hated. I guess the value of it for me personally is in all the thinking it had me doing about effective communication and toxic parent child relationships. And yes,, that gorgeous beach outfit blue.
See it if you’r so curious. Just remember, it’s definitely heartbreaking.
From director Josie Rourke, Mary Queen Of Scots is a new historical drama about the relationship between Elizabeth I, Queen of England, and her cousin Mary Stuart.
Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Guy Pearce, Joe Alwyn and Gemma Chan star…
First of all, isn’t it special and interesting that two Australian actors have had the opportunity to play Elizabeth I on the big screen twenty years apart? Cate Blanchett’s performance in Elizabeth (1998) is still so powerful and fresh in my mind.
When I first saw Margot in this trailer, I wasn’t sure… but then as the trailer played some more, my faith increased. The real main reason I can’t wait to see this one is the brilliant Ronan. I just want to see her deliver all the great dialogue that wonderful way she knows how. I’ll also be marvelling at the visual spectacle of it all, of course.
Bring on the rivalry!
David Tennant, Brendan Coyle and Jack Lowden also star.
Based on Russian Playwright Anton Chekov’s famous play The Seagull. Saoirse Ronan, Anette Bening, Elisabeth Moss and Corey Stoll star while Michael Mayer directs.
The Seagull tells the story of ageing actress Irina who visits her brother Pjotr and her son Konstantin on a country estate and brings Trigorin, a successful novelist, with her. What follows is the chaos of romantic and artistic conflicts between four characters…
All I knew about The Seagull until now is that it’s a famous play by Anton Chekov, one that many great actors have been delighted about having a part in. Knowing that as I do, I find myself a little underwhelmed after seeing this trailer. I was perhaps expecting greater dramatics. Maybe the finished product will provide what I imagine to be missing.
Billy Howle, Michael Zegen and Jon Tenney also star.