Little Women (2019)

An absolutely brilliant adaptation, update, rearrangement of the 1860s novel. By massively restructuring the novel (I was blindsided by the film opening around 60% into the novel’s story!), Greta Gerwig enhances the story so much, finding parallel moments to accentuate across the characters’ lives, finding writerly tricks to make aspects of the story work better…

Little Women (1868-1869) by Louisa May Alcott

Lovely sense of character, especially with Jo March, who instantly feels so fully-formed and real, like she could spring off the page. The other characters all receive some powerful and striking moments (Meg and her husband’s struggles with loving each other but not loving their financial solution were particularly well-realised), but it’s Jo who consistently…