Saturday, June 28, 2008

Little Women, the Movie

I used to like the movie Little Women. I really did! It was such a sweet, fun movie, and even though I had only watched it a few times I had a plan to own it some day. Having read Little Women for the first time (better late than never?), I thought I would watch the movie again, just for fun.

To say that I was disappointed is an understatement. The blatant feminism (which I guess I just hadn't noticed before), I perhaps could stand, but turning sweet Mr. Brooke into a horrid chauvinist was just too much for me. I loved him in the book - and, by the way, so did Mr. and Mrs. March. They couldn't praise him enough! And, then, there were the little disappointments through the rest of the movie. They weren't so bad, but the shock of the first 30 minutes definitely soured the rest of the movie for me.

I suppose the movie does a decent job of keeping to the spirit of the book, but not for the first time I find that I probably would have been happier had I not re-watched the movie.

*sigh* I need to keep reminding myself: it's only a movie, they can't help themselves.

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  • Ginny

    I always MUCH prefer the books. For some reason, they never can stick to the story. They always have to change it... (!!!) If I continue in this vein, I can really get soap-boxy.

  • Birdie

    Nothing seems to spoil a good movie quite as badly as finding out that it is based on a much better book.

  • Thehotrod5

    I have yet to find a movie that is as good as the book. There are several movies out in our free theater this summer that are based on books. My kids are begging me to read the books that go along with the movies. I said absolutely...but only AFTER we see the movie! My oldest daughter didnt understand what I was talking about until I had finished reading "The Indian in the Cupboard" as our read aloud. As we were watching the movie my oldest daughter was horrified "Mom..THATS NOT what happened!" ..."Mom...thats NOT what the cowboy said!" I found it quite comical but yet comfoting to see that my daughter was so displeased with the movie!