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.
In new historical drama The King, Timothée Chalamet stars as Hal, a.k.a King Henry V of England. Previously a wayward prince, Hal ascends the English throne upon his father’s death, and must navigate the palace snake pit, chaos and inherited war against France.
Directed by David Michôd; key cast includes Ben Mendelsohn, Robert Pattinson, Joel Edgerton, Lily Rose Depp…
Wow! Hello brilliant cast. Cannot wait for all the super acting and all the tensions that stem from being surrounded by people who under estimate you.
Sean Harris, Dean-Charles Chapman, Thomasin McKenzie, Ivan Kaye, Tom Glynn-Carney and Edward Ashley also star.
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.
At the centre of Beautiful Boyis a father’s struggle as he tries to help his drug addicted son turn his life around. Starring Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet and Maura Tierney, this one is a story as heartbreaking and inspiring as everyone said.
I wanted to see director Felix Van Groeningen’s Beautiful Boy because of my curiosity about the experience of a parent whose child is battling addiction. Another motivation was a desire to witness Carell deliver yet another notable dramatic performance, which he does, of course. Then there’s Chalamet. It really was about time that I understood the reason behind all the hype concerning Chalamet’s acting skills. I understand the hype and I have zero objections.
Besides being fifteen to twenty minutes longer than is preferable, Beautiful Boy is well told and moving story. If I had to pick a favourite moment, I enjoyed the moment at the airport that conveyed the strong bond between father and son. The scene that moved me most however is the one with the vehicular pursuit near the family home. It’s a great moment that really brought to the fore the considerable suffering experienced by family members outside of the father / son relationship, one family member in particular.
Watch Beautiful Boy for the insight and a reminder of what a truly huge undertaking parenthood truly is. Praises be to all the great parents, who remain great especially when their children mess up.
Beautiful Boy is the heartbreaking and inspiring story of survival and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.
Based on two separate memoirs by David Sheff and his son Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy is directed by Felix Van Groeningen and stars Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney…
This looks like a good in-depth look at addiction, how it deeply affects those involved. I’m excited to seeing what I’ll be shown. The dialogue between father and son should be interesting, especially considering how close they used to be.
Hot Summer Nights is an Elijah Bynum written / directed coming of age drama set in Cape Cod. It is one about a shy out-of-towner who gets in over his head flipping weed with the neighborhood rebel, while pursuing his new business partner’s sister.
Timothée Chalamet, Maika Monroe and Alex Roe star…
This trailer doesn’t look terrible. I guess it’s time I find out why so many people are Chalamet super fans.