Little Women review – sisters are writin’ it for themselves in Greta Gerwig’s festive treat

Saoirse Ronan and Emma Watson head a terrific all-star cast in a wonderfully warm, funny and heartfelt version of Louisa May Alcott’s coming-of-age classicThere’s nothing little about Greta Gerwig’s rich, warm, bustlingly populated and passionately devoted new tribute to Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel of sisterhood.

She revives Little Women as a coming-of-age movie, a marriage comedy, a sibling-rivalry drama – and perhaps most interestingly of all, an autofictional manifesto for writing your own life.

This is where fledgling author Jo March must negotiate her terms directly with her mutton-chop whiskered publisher (no agent!).

She must enforce her own copyright prerogative.

She must decide, having created a heroine so clearly based on herself, if a wedding is the only plausible ending to her story, which gives her a commercial bestseller and a materially comfortable life.Saoirse Ronan plays the fiercely opinionated and boundlessly energetic Jo, one

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