Monday, February 15, 2010
Little Women - Read the Book/See the Movie
I read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott for the first time last year and I adored it. I thought it was a wonderful book and I listed it as one of my top ten reads of 2009. I saw the film with Winona Ryder years ago and decided to revisit it again as part of the Read the Book/See the Movie Challenge hosted by C.B. James.
I can truly say that both the film and the book are wonderful. Little Women (1994), the movie, is one of those films that you can revisit again and again preferably at Christmas time. The book and the film open on Christmas eve and there are lots of snow and ice skating scenes that somehow it seems appropriate family viewing for the yuletide season. The perfect movie to watch curled up on the couch with a cup of tea. The acting by a stellar cast was excellent. Susan Sarandon was the perfect Mamie and her daughters are played superbly by Ryder, Kirsten Dunst, Claire Danes and Trini Alvarado.
If you want a richer experience then read the book before seeing the film. You'll get to know the characters so much more. My one gripe is that Jo didn't end up with Laurie. I never expected the ending when reading the book because I'd forgotten about the film version. I did so want her to marry Laurie especially since he was madly in love with her. The feeling was reinforced when I saw the movie. I mean honestly, who can resist Christian Bale?