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Aug 13 2019

Yes No Maybe So: Greta Gerwig's "Little Women"

by Eurocheese

Greta Gerwig's follow up to the brilliantLady Birdlooks like a potential Christmas smash hit waiting to happen.Can it stick the landing with such high expectations?Well,if the trailer is any indicator,we may be in for a treat.The Yes No Maybe So™ breakdown follows after the jump...


• Goodness,what a cast!Saoirse's spunky attitude and ability to convey so much with her face makes her a perfect fit for wild child Jo,and of course Chalamet is perfect as the swoon-worthy Laurie.It doesn't stop there,though: Emma Watson looks regal as grown-up sister Meg;Laura Dern's motherly tone makes her a perfect fit for Marmee;and though we don't see much of her in the trailer,Eliza Scanlen's wonderful work inSharp Objectssuggests Beth is in good hands as the unsung sister.The trailer is so packed with big names,it's hard to know where to look.

• Much likeLady Bird,where Gerwig made a point of saying she wanted every scene to feel like it was beautifully shot,this trailer is absolutely gorgeous.Cinematographer Yorick Le Saux has worked on other beauties such asPersonal ShopperandI Am Love,sowe'll have lush images in store.

• Desplat doesn't need any more Oscars but,from the little we hear or what's to come (trailers don't always use the forthcoming score),亚博主页he'll be in the mix again.

• Gerwig's dialogue feels sharp and fresh.We have seen her generously handle multiple female perspectives in her last film - something that is incredibly rare to see on film these days - and this film is ripe with possibilities.Hearing Jo's demand for women to be treated as equals and Meg's response that she's allowed to have her own dreams...beautiful.Every little girl in the country should get to hear those words.

• The advice to female writers?"Short and spicy"and married by the end?Perfectly paired with Jo punching Laurie.


• As enamored as I am with the trailer,it's a bit distracting that Amy looks the same age as her sisters.Past versions have excused some of her behavior based on immaturity but will this one?

• There are perfectly good reasons for not putting her front and center,but I was hoping for more Beth in the trailer.


• Meryl makes for a fine snarling villain,but is she taking up too much air in the room here?I'm hoping she doesn't serve as a distraction.Sometimes she's too much (Mary Poppins Returnswould be an example) but sometimes she provides the best moments of a crowded film (Suffragette,A Prairie Home Companion),so we'll see.

• The trailer feels so modern despite the setting,but can Gerwig pull that off for the entire film?Though I wonder about certain aspects of the story being brought up to date,Gerwig deserves a vote of confidence that the emotions will ring true.

Well,I'm an ecstatic YES overall.How about you?

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Reader Comments (7)

I love Gerwig and this cast - but the trailer gave me way too much - tease me,don't tell me everything!

Also,they should have saved Meryl for the very end - just a one liner would have done.It is the tiniest part.

August 13,2019 | Unregistered Commentermorganb

Look,I understand what Gerwig is trying to do but this is much more "no"than "yes"for me.Much more.

August 13,2019 | Unregistered CommenterH

I am a Greta Gerwig's fan and I think she should had been nominated for the Oscar for Frances Ha (Best Actress,Original Screenplay) and 20th Century Women (Best Supporting Actress),but Lady Bird...I hate Lady Bird!Laurie is outstanding but stop there for me!

Than...I watched Little Women trailer today and the ball scene kills me inside and I am totally yes!!And I really hope Meryl don't fuck here!I am not a fan of Meryl since Devil Wears Prada and I really hope she is in the tone in this movie.

Will be a Christmas hit!!

August 13,2019 | Unregistered CommenterGeor

Yes yes yes.

Saoirse is in for Actress as far as I am concerned.

I think Florence might get in for Supporting.

I simply cannot wait.

August 13,2019 | Unregistered CommenterKeegan

I hope Meryl's role isn't like the one in THE HOMESMAN -- she totally takes you out of that movie in there given that it's a cameo at the very end.Nothing wrong with her performance but it's such a huge star to have in a disposable cameo at film's end.

I'm interested to see what Gerwig does with this.I'm a yes on Gerwig alone but am not a fan of Watson and the casting feels odd to me with all of the sisters feeling the same age.

That said,this looks like it has fresh energy to it which is probably a good sign.

August 13,2019 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

YYYEEESSSS all the way!

August 13,2019 | Unregistered CommenterRyan T.

It's gonna be hard for me not to compare Saoirse to Winona's version,which I adore and watch almost every Christmas.I know it's an unpopular opinion,but I love Winona's performance and she's THE Jo March in my head.Will this film shake that off?It doesn't look different enough from the 1994 Gillian Armstrong version to think that it's doing anything fresh or newer.I'm a Maybe.

August 13,2019 | Unregistered CommenterCris

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