If you have seen 2017’s Lady Bird, starred by Saoirse Ronan, and ever since fascinated by the characters and directorial style, your Christmas gift is at hand.
Greta Gerwig’s taking over a classic masterpiece
Two years from then, Greta Gerwig, the director of Lady Bird, has her second directorial work. Last time Gerwig created a new female figure whose young grumpiness and determination are in sync with many of ours. The creation was her own idea, chiefly based on what proved to be real through her growing life. This time, however, Gerwig seems to take a profoundly greater responsibility. This time, bookworms are all paying considerable attention. Because what this young director rewrites is one of the most-loved book through history, Little Women.
Modern incarnation of the March sisters
Little Women was written by Louisa May Alcott in 1868. It deals with the March sisters’ lives in New England after Civil War. The March sisters embody most of the characteristics women would have. Sentimental. Strong. Independent. Shy. Expressive. Or, a synthesis of any of these. In the trailer of Gerwig’s Little Women, we can already recognise two familiar gorgeous faces: Emma Watson and Saoirse Ronan. We get to see Emma as Meg different from her Belle in Beauty and the Beast and Hermione in Harry Potter. This time she is mild, wanting a family and love more than freedom and independence. And there is also Saoirse as Jo, which probably comes no surprise to fans of Lady Bird. Courage and stubbornness, as it turns out, are still so ingrained in the personality of our ‘Lady Bird’.
Reunion of Lady Bird
In fact, this is not the only correspondence between Lady Bird and Little Women. I guess we could refer to Gerwig as a nostalgic person. Because she makes those who were in the former reunited with each other in the latter! Saoirse is not lonely. She has Tracy Letts as her father in Lady Bird, and him as her Mr. Dashwood in Little Women. She has Timothée Chalamet as her glamorously cool crush in Lady Bird, and him as Laurie, with whom Jo shares many similarities, in Little Women. If you are ready for this film this December, never forget to take a close look at the romantic dynamics interwoven through two films by Saoirse and Timothée.
Little Women will be released on 26th of December this winter.