Sunday, 3 June 2018

A Little Women Review...


How delighted I was to discover BBC had brought out a wonderful new adaption of Little Women in a three part miniseries...

This week my mom and few of my sisters sat down to watch this adaption of Little Women for the first time.
Today I would like to share my thoughts on this brand new adaption...

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First of all...let's meet the March Family...

 

Emily Watson played strong and gentle Marmee.  Personally, I love her in this role.  If, like me, you enjoy period drama, you may recognize her from Belle, Miss Potter and War Horse to name but a few...

 "My child, the troubles and temptations of your life are beginning, and may be many; but you can overcome and outlive them all if you learn to feel the strength and tenderness of your Heavenly Father as you do that of your earthly one. The more you love and trust Him, the nearer you will feel to Him, and the less you will depend on human power and wisdom. His love and care never tire or change, can never be taken from you, but may become the source of lifelong peace, happiness, and strength. Believe this heartily, and go to God with all your little cares, and hopes, and sins, and sorrows, as freely and confidingly as you come to your mother."

~ Marmee to Jo, Little Women 


Meg has always been my favourite character in Little Women. 
I think I preferred her in the 1994 film adaption, but Willa Fitzgerald does a good job of playing Meg...


  Maya Hawke was a wonderful choice for Jo!  I really enjoyed her performance...


"I like good strong words that mean something..."

~ Jo, Little Women

 

Annes Elwy played the part of Beth to perfection. She was sweet, gentle Beth in every way...

 

 Kathryn Newton played Amy.  I always find it difficult when an actress plays both the part of a child and the grown woman. 
Seeing Amy as a mature young woman just didn't work for me - I kept imagining her as a naughty, spoilt child!


 Laurie... There is a boyish innocence about him in this adaption. Jonah Hauer-King played the part of mischievous Laurie quite well, but as with Amy, I found it difficult imagining him as an older Laurie. 

 

And I do think he has some way to go when it comes to showing emotion in film. The part when he is refused by Jo felt so dreadfully unnatural!


Aunt March was played by Angela Lansbury.  What a joy she was and brought an element of fun to the screen!


I love Michael Gambon (You may recognize him from Emma, Wives and Daughters, Cranford), and he really was a fantastic Mr Laurence!

 

 One aspect of this mini series I genuinely appreciated, was that there was more interaction between Father and his family shown. I feel this draws the viewer in to the story in a very real way - this is a closely knit family and the bond between father, mother and daughters is plain to see.


 I thoroughly enjoyed this mini series. Even though I am something of a purist when it comes to film adaptions of classic novels like Little Women, I actually liked the fact that this adaption was not completely true to the book. Maybe it is because I have read the book so often...or seen the 1994 movie over and again that I quite appreciated the new twist! 


 I felt I could connect with each character in a special way.
The soft lighting, the scenes of the countryside and animals as well as the touches of lace throughout gave it real charm and made it feel very real which is ideally what you would like to see in any film!


I was, however, disappointed with the soundtrack of this particular BBC mini series. BBC usually does an incredible job of creating beautiful music for their work... Think of the soundtrack from Emma... Or the opening title in Call The Midwife.
However, Little Women sadly does not qualify. I found the choice of music somewhat random and a bit too modern...


 This mini series could have done with another part...things were slightly rushed at the end so as to tie up any loose ends.  But then maybe I simply would have liked this series to never end...{{smiles}}

 
If you decide to watch Little Women, let me know what you think. 
Personally, I would give this mini series 3/5 stars. The acting was a little forced at times by one or two actors, but overall I thought it a lovely version of one of my very favourite books.

  "Now and then, in this workaday world, things do happen in the delightful storybook fashion, and what a comfort that is."

~ Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
 

What is next on my list of period dramas to watch?
Goodbye Christopher Robin should be coming out in South Africa very soon... I have been eagerly anticipating this film and was dreadfully upset when it didn't show in theatres here.

Happy Sunday to you, dear readers...
Thank you for your sweet visits - it always brightens my day to have you stop by!

Blessings in Christ,
Kelly-Anne

7 comments:

Sylvia said...

Good review, Kelly-Anne, I haven't watched it. I had the book at one time and loved it and I saw the movie in 1994, it was very good.
Have a great Sunday!

Debby Ray said...

I thoroughly enjoyed it but I agree with you about the musical score. The music seemed out of place for the time period and I noticed that right away. Great review of this wonderful classic! Have a blessed week!

Elizabeth said...

My dear friend, You did a remarkable job on this review! I have yet to watch this minseries, due to all the busyness of moving and packing, but it is on my list of things I am anxious to watch. I so appreciated your thoughts and all the little details you shared...I'm even more excited to watch now to see if I notice the same things.

I share your sentiments on actresses or actors playing both the younger and older character...I've seen that done in several movies or shows and I'm not always the biggest fan of that choice. We, however, are big fans of Angela Lansbury here! My mom loves her in "Murder, She Wrote". {{smiles}}

"Goodbye Christopher Robin" is also one movie that I want to see...along with "The Man Who Invented Christmas". I know it's a Christmas movie, but I didn't get to see it in December and it looks really good...plus the main actor played Matthew in Downton Abbey, which is a favorite show of mine. I'd be very curious to see how he portrayed a different character, as I tend to get used to an actor in one role and then find it weird when they are doing something different. He will always be Matthew to me! {{winks}}

Well done, Kelly-Anne! You have a knack for sharing lovely, detailed, and enjoyable reviews...looking forward to your next one!

Have a marvellous week...sending love and hugs to you ♥

Mari said...

Thanks for the review. I often enjoy things by the BBC. I'll have to see if I can find it here.

Molly Rebekah said...

Wonderful review, Kelly-Anne!

Meg would have to be one of my very favorite characters, too! Perhaps it's because I find I can relate to her the most, being the oldest of
four siblings myself.

Ah yes, I have to agree with you--Laurie's reaction to Jo's rejection of his proposal was a bit awkward to watch! Haha.

I thought Angela Lansbury did an excellent job as Aunt March, too, and the same goes for Michael Gambon as Mr Laurence!

I too really, really liked the fact that Mr March had a prominent role in this adaptation. It truly did help to show what a close-knit family the Marches are!

Again, I loved reading your review of this lovely miniseries, Kelly-Anne!

-Molly

Creations By Cindy said...

I haven't watched it. I need too now! Great reviews though. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the review. We agree with you concerning Amy. The actress was good but did look too young for Laurie.
Marion and Marilyn