I’ve seen many adaptations of this classic, but this one is the best.
Reorganized and hopping around in flashbacks, there is here both the story of the author, and her literary character Jo. Jo has long been a character I can relate to, a woman ahead of her time, chaffing with more potential than her culture recognized or was ready for.
This version of the movie highlights the feminist under current more than others, which feels updated and timely, but what I liked most was how immersed we get in their world of love. I especially liked the end, where we get a glimpse of the school Jo starts with all her family involved. Could they possibly be setting the stage for a sequel, Little Men, which is my favorite of Louisa May Alcott’s books?
Anyway, this film is gorgeous, and I encourage you to see it on the big screen. It has a terrific cast, and the cinematography is sumptuous. It has reached an art form. I give if five stars.