Taking a classic like 'Little Women', beloved by so many for so long, and adapting it to the big screen is no easy task. Gillian Armstrong managed to create a movie classic in her 1994 adaptation which starred Winona Ryder, Claire Danes and Kirsten Dunst.
And now, 'Ladybird' director Greta Gerwig has attempted it. And well, if the first reactions are anything to go by, she too has brought this epic story to life beautifully.
'Little Women', which is out at Christmas, was given its first screening to journalists stateside this week and the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive.
Many are predicting Oscar glory for Gerwig and are praising the performances of its stars Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh and Timothée Chalamet. Could this be Ronan's fourth Oscar nomination?
Take a look at some of the reaction below:
First #LittleWomen reax is in, spoke with SAG Nominating Committee member who saw it tonight calling it "great", praising Gerwig's direction as "distinct in vision", describing Saoirse Ronan's performance as "fierce", expects "numerous #Oscars nominations" https://t.co/znrHDKkwvh pic.twitter.com/iGeDKG8ohW
— 𝔼𝕎 AWARDS ACE (@ErickWeber) October 23, 2019
#LittleWomen is delightful, Saorise Ronan is at her best ever & while she doesn’t send any boys to death in a burning bear suit, @Florence_Pugh makes Meryl Streep her bitch. Greta Gerwig kicks ass behind the camera yet again. Emma Watson tries.
Two bonnets up! #littlewomenmovie pic.twitter.com/TmkCmNLdyx
— Jakob Kolness (@JakobKolness) October 23, 2019
Greta Gerwig's @LittleWomen is wonderful. A loving, meticulously-crafted adaptation that exceeded my expectations. Heartfelt, moving and a terrific showcase for its extremely talented cast and beloved source material. pic.twitter.com/NwcMmnx9Pg
— Kara Warner (@karawarner) October 24, 2019
Greta Gerwig breathes fresh air into LITTLE WOMEN with a time-jumping story structure that actually works for maximum emotional impact, particularly the rapturous final act. Saoirse Ronan is Queen, with her most layered performance yet. One of the best films of the year! pic.twitter.com/tqKB1oRzBS
— Matt Samet (@MattSametEsq) October 24, 2019
#LittleWomen: Gerwig makes this material her own in delightful ways you’d expect and some adult-meditation-on-childhood ways I didn’t. So rewarding to see the ease with which she paints on this canvas and that she (or any director these days) was given it.
— Chris O'Falt (@cofalt) October 24, 2019
So I've seen Little Women twice now and it's one of my very favorite movies of the year. Greta Gerwig delivers a both passionately faithful and gorgeously original take. Saoirse is a fierce Jo, Chalamet/Dern/Streep esp are great in support, and Florence Pugh is astonishing.
— David Canfield (@davidcanfield97) October 24, 2019
The reaction to LITTLE WOMEN at an overflow screening at the Directors Guild is just crazy, wonderfully insane. Greta Gerwig is a goddamn rock star.
— Glenn Whipp (@GlennWhipp) October 24, 2019