Hi friends! I’m here today to discuss a movie that I was quite sure I would like, only to be blown away by the brilliance and emotional depth that modern cinema so often lacks*. Let’s do this!
*i sound like eighty years old with that sentence what’s up with that
I went into this a little hesitant, because (a) I haven’t heard much regarding this movie and (b) this is a classic close to my heart. But this was not only one of the best book-to-movie adaptations I’ve ever seen, but one of my new all-time favorite movies.
The movie actually starts in the middle of the book! It was a little jarring to me, to be thrown into the middle of a roughly familiar story. I could only imagine how it must have felt to those who have not read the book. Quickly, though, we are introduced to flashbacks. Sometimes I like flashbacks, other times I don’t even know the scene has changed*. The cinematography, however, was so masterfully done with its character positioning, and contrast of light and dark aesthetics.
*not kidding. there have been occasions where i didn’t even know that there were flashbacks in a movie until halfway through and suddenly the really quick haircut made total sense.
I think it is worth mentioning that Emma Watson is one of my all-time FAVORITE actresses!
She did an incredible job of playing Meg, a woman who yearns for beautiful things yet marries a poor man. Not only are her emotions played genuinely, she’s also exactly as how I would picture Meg.
JUST LOOK AT HOW PERFECT. she’s such an inspiration to me.
Also Jo!! Jo was always one of my favorite characters reading the novel, and the movie portrayed her excellently. Her bright spirit and fearlessness of youth, into a more matured version of herself. It was amazing to witness. Saoirse Ronan played Jo March to the fullest.
Another thing the movie did was make me like Beth. I never cared much about her reading the book but watching the movie, I think I gained a greater appreciation for her. And Amy was just hilarious. I mean, sure, frustrating at times* but her personality was so strong and unique you couldn’t help but love her.
*the book scene anyone? shudders.
and TEDDY. can we just talk about Teddy for a minute???
Teddy/Laurie/Laurence stole my heart. The actor is just so adorable. Teddy was always a character I enjoyed, but sort of faded into the background when considering my favorite characters. BUT the movie not only did justice to his character, it added another layer of depth without taking away from the book!
I will say that if you have any qualms about reading the movie, such as “is it as good as the book? what if I haven’t read the book? What if it’s BORING” I’d like to dispel them with much haste so you can go to the movie theater as quickly as possible. There is no fear of being bored here, as long as you can appreciate emotion in a movie, not necessarily action.
I would honestly give this a 10/10, and claim it as one of my new all-time favorite movies. Tell me: have you seen this? Or read the book?