Little Women (U)



Drama (2019)
135mins US

Starring: Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Timothee Chalamet, Florence Pugh, Meryl Streep, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern
Director: Greta Gerwig
Writer(s): Greta Gerwig
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Marmee March presides warmly over the family home while her husband is away, bravely fighting in the American Civil War. Her four daughters pursue their dreams: Jo wishes to become a writer, Meg hopes to become a famous actress, Amy yearns to step out of Jo's shadow so that handsome next-door neighbour Laurie might look her way, and Beth loves to play the piano. The siblings' paths diverge courtesy of romantic dalliances and grave sickness.

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Little Women (U)

Louisa May Alcott opens her 1868 novel Little Women with the quarrelsome March sisters - Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth - trading barbs as they contemplate a miserable Christmas without presents or their father. It's a touching domestic scene, which beautifully distils the siblings' contrasting personality traits that will contribute to their fluctuating fortunes over the next eight years...

Little Women. Copyright: Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. Caption: Emma Watson as Meg March, Florence Pugh as Amy March, Saoirse Ronan as Jo March and Eliza Scanlen as Beth March in Little Women, directed by Greta Gerwig. Photo: Wilson Webb. All Rights Reserved.For her handsomely mounted film adaptation, writer-director Greta Gerwig flicks towards the end of the book and opens in autumnal 1868 New York rather than the festive chill of a Massachusetts winter. The temporal shift is deliberate, focusing on aspiring writer Jo (Saoirse Ronan) as she attempts to sell a story to Mr Dashwood (Tracy Letts), publisher and editor of the Weekly Volcano, and is plainly advised: "If the main character's a girl, make sure she's married by the end. Or dead." As guardian of Alcott's beloved text, Gerwig remains faithful to the original words and abides by literary tropes but she also indulges in post-feminist revisionism to set her Little Women apart from previous incarnations and strike a chord in the MeToo era. She reinvents gruff German professor Friedrich Bhaer as a swooning French scholar played by Louis Garrel as a visually appealing rival to dreamy Timothee Chalamet's Laurie for Jo's affections. The fractured chronology isn't entirely successful. By reframing the death of a pivotal figure, Gerwig dampens the emotional impact and the juxtaposition of scenes eight years apart can be confusing.

Marmee (Laura Dern) presides warmly over the March family home while her husband (Bob Odenkirk) is enlisted in the American Civil War. Her four daughters pursue their dreams: Jo (Ronan) wishes to become a writer, Meg (Emma Watson) hopes to become a famous actress, Amy (Florence Pugh) yearns to step out of Jo's shadow so that handsome next-door neighbour Laurie (Chalamet) might look her way, and Beth (Eliza Scanlen) loves to play the piano. The siblings' paths diverge courtesy of romantic dalliances and grave sickness, while clucky Aunt March (Meryl Streep) advises the brood to marry well because, "No one makes their own way, not really, least of all a woman."

Little Women is distinguished by terrific performances including Ronan as the fiercely independent wordsmith, who is fully aware of the lack of privilege afforded by her sex. "I can't get over my disappointment in being a girl," she laments. Dern is a perfectly protective matriarch and Oxford-born actress Pugh elevates petulant, self-absorbed Amy. "People want to be amused, not preached at. Morals don't sell nowadays," Mr Dashwood counsels Jo in the opening scene. Gerwig's splendid film disagrees and sells Alcott's morality largely word for word through pithy observational humour and boundless affection for the spirited protagonists.

- Jo Planter

Little Women. Copyright: Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. Caption: Emma Watson as Meg March, Florence Pugh as Amy March, Saoirse Ronan as Jo March and Eliza Scanlen as Beth March in Little Women, directed by Greta Gerwig. Photo: Wilson Webb. All Rights Reserved.


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Rest of UK and Irish Cinemas

Listed in alphabetical order by city/place name followed by cinema name.

From Friday 14th February
To Thursday 20th February

- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham
- Andover, Odeon Andover
- Antrim, Antrim Omniplex
- Ashbourne, Vue Ashbourne
- Ballincollig, The Reel Picture
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Belfast, Movie House Dublin Road
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Berkhamsted, The Rex Cinema
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Bishop's Stortford, Empire Bishop's Stortford
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Bodmin, Capitol Cinema
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Cineworld Bracknell
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bracknell, South Hill Park Arts Centre
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bristol, Watershed
- Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Everyman Cardiff
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen
- Chelmsford, Everyman Chelmsford
- Chelmsford, Odeon Chelmsford
- Clitheroe, Everyman Clitheroe
- Clydebank, Empire Clydebank
- Colchester, Odeon Colchester
- Cork, The Gate Cork
- Cork, The Gate Mallow
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dover, Silver Screen
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, IMC Santry
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Savoy
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dundee, Odeon Luxe Dundee
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Dungarvan, Movies @ Dungarvan
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- East Kilbride, Odeon Luxe East Kilbride
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Lothian Road
- Edinburgh, Odeon Luxe Edinburgh Wester Hailes
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Enniskillen, IMC Enniskillen
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Falmouth, Phoenix Cinema
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Galashiels, Pavilion
- Galway, IMC Galway
- Galway, IMC Oranmore
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Odeon Luxe Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Glasgow, Showcase Cinema De Lux Glasgow
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Gorey, Movies @ Gorey
- Greenhithe, Showcase Cinema De Lux Bluewater
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Haverhill, Haverhill Arts Centre
- High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe
- Holyhead, Ucheldre Centre
- Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
- Hull, Odeon Luxe Hull
- Hull, Reel Cinema Hull
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Kettering, Odeon Kettering
- Kilkenny, IMC Kilkenny Barrack Street
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Lancaster, The Dukes
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Phoenix
- Leicester, Showcase Cinema De Lux Leicester
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Leighton Buzzard, Leighton Buzzard Theatre
- Lifford, Eclipse Cinemas Lifford
- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Liverpool, Cineworld Speke
- Liverpool, Everyman Liverpool
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Picturehouse At FACT
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Londonderry, Brunswick Moviebowl
- Loughborough, Odeon Loughborough
- Malmesbury, Malmesbury Town Hall
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Midleton, The Gate Midleton
- Naas, Odeon Naas
- Newark, Odeon Newark
- Newbridge, Odeon Newbridge
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Everyman Newcastle
- Newtownards, IMC Newtownards
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Showcase Cinema De Lux Nottingham
- Nuneaton, Odeon Luxe Nuneaton
- Oldham, Odeon Oldham
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford George Street
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford Magdalen Street
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay
- Paisley, Showcase Cinema De Lux Paisley
- Penzance, Savoy
- Peterborough, Showcase Cinema De Lux Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portlaoise, Odeon Portlaoise
- Portsmouth, No 6 Cinema
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Port Talbot, Reel Cinema Port Talbot
- Prestatyn, Scala Cinema
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Showcase Cinema De Lux Reading
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch
- Redruth, Regal Film Centre
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rhyl, Vue Rhyl
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Rugby, Rugby Theatre
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Salisbury, Odeon Salisbury
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, The Light Cinema, Sheffield
- Shrewsbury, The Old Market Hall
- Solihull, Cineworld Solihull
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southampton, Showcase Cinema De Lux Southampton
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockport, Regent Cinema
- Stockport, The Light Cinema, Stockport
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Cinema De Lux Teesside
- Street, Strode Theatre
- Stroud, Vue Stroud
- Swadlincote, Odeon Swadlincote
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Taliesin Arts Centre
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Tamworth, Odeon Luxe Tamworth
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Telford, Odeon Luxe Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Torquay, Central Cinema
- Tullamore, IMC Tullamore
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Windsor, The Old Court
- Woodbridge, The Riverside
- Worcester, Odeon Worcester
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham
- York, Everyman York
- York, Vue York
From Friday 21st February
To Thursday 27th February

- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham
- Ashbourne, Vue Ashbourne
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Berkhamsted, The Rex Cinema
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bromborough, Odeon Luxe Bromborough
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Cardigan, Theatr Mwldan
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen
- Clitheroe, Everyman Clitheroe
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dundee, Odeon Luxe Dundee
- Dungarvan, Movies @ Dungarvan
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird
- Edinburgh, Odeon Luxe Edinburgh Wester Hailes
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Odeon Luxe Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Gorey, Movies @ Gorey
- Greenhithe, Showcase Cinema De Lux Bluewater
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Keswick, Alhambra Cinema
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Lowestoft, Marina Theatre
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Market Drayton, Festival Drayton Centre
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Mold, Theatr Clwyd
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Showcase Cinema De Lux Nottingham
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford George Street
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay
- Paisley, Showcase Cinema De Lux Paisley
- Peterborough, Showcase Cinema De Lux Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Port Talbot, Reel Cinema Port Talbot
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Showcase Cinema De Lux Reading
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch
- Rhyl, Vue Rhyl
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Sandwich, Empire Cinema
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Shrewsbury, The Old Market Hall
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Cinema De Lux Teesside
- Stornoway, An Lanntair Arts Centre
- Stroud, Vue Stroud
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Wallingford, Corn Exchange
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Worcester, Odeon Worcester
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham
- York, Vue York


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