Though it is in the past. A period piece. Gerwig’s film is too present to not imagine yourself dining with this family.
Greta Gerwig who adapted and directed the film is a gem. She has directed this film like her own material. And it is her own material and not Louisa May Alcott’s. Personally, I feel like she has done what Bradley Cooper has done for the A Star Is Born franchise. And that is to bring her own reality into these well established iconic characters. And this was his first and biggest hurdle to cross through. After that it all seems easy. Never has been someone so malleable as she is when it comes to adapting a book into a film. She not only makes her story hers, but also makes it Alcott’s too. This shifting from first point of view to third is simply admiring. You’d be amazed how quickly and powerfully the film shifts its tone. Each chapter of the scene is taken as a separate short film that Gerwig works on. She bookends scenes similar to Rian Johnson. Just compare the famous “sleeping incident” between Meryl Streep and Saoirse Ronan to the interrogation scene between Chris Evans and Ana de Armas in Knives Out. So to enjoy the film more, I would recommend reading the book. Usually I don’t but this is something special. This is Greta Gerwig’s Little Women. For it gives you more. The scene is all over the place when it comes to bookmark its element for its character’s track. It is bonkers how smoothly she juggles these many characters in one screen. None of them feels to be in lead and none in supporting. They are all marching together in a cold or sunny environment. Depending on the timeline, the color is either blue or orange. This mixing of colour is the cherry on top.