#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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.
Plot: With their father away as a chaplain in the Civil War, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy grow up with their mother in somewhat reduced circumstances. They are a close family who inevitably have their squabbles and tragedies. But the bond holds even when, later, male friends start to become a part of the household.
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Heartwarming and true to the book
“Little Women” is a gem of a movie, encompassing comedy, drama, and romance into one well-made film that is true to Louisa May Alcott’s literary classic. It follows the lives of the four March sisters, from the turbulence of youth, the turmoil and romance of adolescence, the joy of love, and the pain of loss. The quality of this movie depends entirely upon the chemistry between the actors, and it accomplished this with success. The film is a vignette of scenes throughout the sisters’ lives, showing their relationships with one another and with the people around them.
Winona Ryder is the quintessential Jo, the tomboyish, spirited sister who dreams of becoming an accomplished writer. She brings a refreshingly sweet, human touch to the character, who is as impulsive and headstrong as she is ambitious and loving. Ryder carried the film beautifully, and much of its success is due to her.
Trini Alvarado made a very pretty and convincing Meg, the dependable older sister, although she is not so set on marrying for money as she is in the book. Claire Danes as sweet, selfless Beth, really shone in one heartbreaking scene that is impossible not to cry through. For her performance as the spoiled youngest sister, Amy, the very young Kirsten Dunst showed remarkable potential, and brought humor to the character.
Christian Bale as Laurie was everything the “boy next door” should be: handsome, kind, and charming. His chemistry with Winona Ryder was considerable, and made their friendship very believable. Susan Sarandon played a wonderful Marmee, supportive and loving towards her girls.
Another thing I would recommend is the soundtrack to this movie, composed by Thomas Newman, which has some gorgeous music on it.
My Favorite Film Version
I first read this book when I was about ten years old, then again every couple of years until I hit twenty. I have since read it once again, and have seen every version except the recent BBC one. This is my favorite film remake of Little Women. Every version suffers, to some degree, from the film/television conventions of its time. June Allyson as Jo is too cute, albeit tomboyishly so. Katherine Hepburn, though wonderful, too crisp and aristocratic. Wynona Ryder some might say is too girlish and vulnerable, but I like that about her performance. Because Jo, for all of her independence, is still a girl in many ways. Jo is a tomboy, a writer, and a budding young woman, all at once. She blossoms throughout the film, and loses some of her prickliness without losing her spirit and color.
Susan Sarandon does make a wonderful Marmee. She comes across as a woman and not just a mother figure, though she does well as the latter too. Young Kirsten Dunst is the perfect Amy. I do think the Beth character was given short shrift to some degree, despite a wonderful performance from a young Clare Danes. But to be fair, Beth in the book is given short shrift too, in many ways. It is a long book, that covers a long span of time and has multiple main characters. The focus has always shifted to Jo and then Amy and Meg, in that order. It seems fitting for a movie that has to parse its moments.
The romance between Meg and Jon Booke is not given much room to breath. But to be fair, it is not in the book either. And I don’t mind that. It was never a central character arc in any way. Jon was kind of a cipher in the book, and probably intentionally. Really, the key relationships are among the sisters, and then with Laurie and the various sisters. This version does a good job with that balance. I never was asked or made to care much about Meg and Jon in the books, beyond wishing them well. Same here, and that is fine.
Finally, my biggest point. Jo, Laurie, and Friedrich. I think this version does by far the best job of selling that drama. Christian Bale is just a great actor, and he captures Laurie very well: charming, confident, sensitive, but also a bit callow and never intended to develop past a certain point intellectually. He’s a rich boy who needs a beautiful glamorous wife, and that’s Amy. I never bought it with the others the way I buy it here. Gabriel Byrne as Friedrich is ideal. He captures the character’s awkwardness and profound lack of glamour while at the same time being compelling, attractive, even sexy. You see that Jo accepts him not as a sort of “male placeholder” but because she wants him. The final scene is beautiful.
The cinematography and settings here are so much better. In other versions the surroundings seem staid, like in a BBC English period drama from the 1970s. Nature is present here, as it was in Civil War Era America. That sort of thing definitely makes a difference.
Anyway, a book is a book, and a movie a movie. This won’t replace the book, but as a film version, I love it.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 55 min (115 min)
Genre Drama, Family, Romance
Director Gillian Armstrong
Writer Louisa May Alcott (novel), Robin Swicord (screenplay)
Actors Winona Ryder, Gabriel Byrne, Trini Alvarado, Samantha Mathis
Country USA, Canada
Awards Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 17 nominations.
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby SR, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (prints), Gastown Film Labs Ltd., Vancouver, Canada (dailies)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm