After several attempts of retelling this classic story, Little Women may finally have a great shot at being a success at the Oscars. With an incredible cast list, a talented director and an obviously great source material to base the film on, I have high expectations here. Check out the trailer for the 2019 adaptation of Little Women below, and read my reaction that follows.
Director: Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird)
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Meryl Streep, Laura Dern
Synopsis: Drawing on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, this film tells the story of the March sisters, four young women each determined to live life on their own terms.
Just to give background into my knowledge of this classic story, I read it years ago and really enjoyed it. It is my mum’s favourite book of all time, and she knows every moment of the story. It was great to be able to watch the trailer with her, as she was picking out some of the aspects that they have changed, and see how she reacted to the first look of this film.
Overall, this trailer is exactly what I wanted from the first look of this film. There is so much heart and passion that has clearly been put into the film, and that comes across on screen. This is a dramatic film, yet it is also one of love and care. You can see the family aspect jump out on the screen, especially between all of the sisters.
It seems like they are heavily pushing for Oscar nominations for both Timothée and Saoirse, as they have all of the major sequences and big emotion. However, I think I was most impressed by Florence Pugh from this trailer. She seems to have the most subtle role here, but she still seems confidence and has a great sense of innocence to herself. I have said this several times, and I was not even a big fan of Midsommar, but this is the year of Florence Pugh.
This just looks like a great film on all technical aspects. The production design is so well put together, this is a lock for the costume design category this award season, and you cannot fault the cinematography for this first trailer. With such a talented director and writer behind the camera in Greta Gerwig, one of the few female directors to already score a Directing nomination at the Oscars, I could see a second one here for her.
I did not need a trailer to persuade me to see this film, but this trailer has gotten me even more excited for the project. I adored what Gerwig offered in Lady Bird, and I genuinely think I could end up liking this film just a little bit more. A solid start to the campaign, and I think this could end up being a very tough awards season judging by all the trailers that have dropped this month.
What did you make of the first trailer for Little Women? Did it satisfy you, or did it not live up to your expectations? Let me know in the comments below and let’s have a discussion.