Louisa May Alcott's autobiographical account of her life with her three sisters in Concord, Massachusetts in the 1860s. With their father fighting in the American Civil War, sisters Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth are at home with their mother, a very outspoken women for her time. The story tells of how the sisters grow up, find love and find their place in the world.
Watching This Yields 'Rich' Results - A Wonderful Re-Make
"Rich" is the word I would best use to describe this movie. It's rich in cinematography with gorgeous scenery and interiors; rich in characters with all good-hearted men and women of character; rich in love for each whether its for family or for suitors and rich in storytelling.
Yes, it's definitely more of a woman's movie than a man's, and not the sort of thing I would normally enjoy, but this movie was so well-done that I cannot say anything negative about it. In the modern-era of film-making (late '60s to today), it is always a pleasure to see a totally clean and nice movie.
The cast is excellent. It's nice to see Winona Ryder and Susan Sarandon play "wholesome" roles, something they don't always do, but they do it well here. Ryder is the star of this story although everyone gets decent screen time. Ryder's character - the more independent, feminist-type thinker - will always get preference anyway in a Hollywood film. My favorite of the "Little Women" was "Beth," the most kind and compassionate one. Claire Danes' innocent face won me over. The real beauty was the grown-up "Amy," played by Samantha Mathis. Most of her role, however, is seen as a young girl and played by Kirsten Dunst, who has gone on to become a pretty famous actress. The other sister is "Meg," who is a solid, conservative woman and is played by Trini Alvarado. Her role is the smallest of the four girls.
Sarandon's "Mrs. Abagail 'Marmee' March," holds everyone together as the mother and head of the household while her husband is off fighting at War. She looks more like an older sister.
I liked the March daughters' suitors in here, too. First there was "Laurie" or "Teddy" as he also was called by the girls. A young Christian Bale played him. Then there was Gabriel Byrne as "Friedrich Bhaer." It was a bit strange hearing this Irishman play a part that required a German accent. Eric Stoltz plays Meg's future husband, "John Brooke." He starts off as someone with a very stiff personality but soon changes into a warm and good husband.
If this film appears slow in the first 20-30 minutes, hang in there because it gets better and better as it goes along. This is just a beautiful film with fantastic visuals and memorable story that should bring a tear or two to your eyes by the end. Great storytelling usually wins out, and that's the case with this movie.
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