I just got back from seeing Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, and I’m putting it right at the top of my Favourite Films of 2019 list.
Am I doing that annoying ‘the last thing you experienced is your favourite’ thing? Maybe, but I don’t think so. This film is over two hours long and when it finished I just wanted to start watching it again (it’s also one of those films where I instinctively wanted to start applauding when it ended, I didn’t of course, I’m English.).
Why did I love it so much? It’s beautfully shot and it looks amazing. The cast is out of this world, and Saoirse Ronan is phemonenal, she need to win all the awards for this performance. The structure is clever but not too gimmicky or showy. Most of all though, it’s incredibly entertaining and effecting. It is 100% pure cinema: it will make you laugh, cry and everything inbetween, plus the dialogue is whip smart and it’s an adaptation of a book which is over a century old, yet if feels incredibly modern.
I love a film that does something new and different (it’s why Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood and Parasite are second and third on my list), but to take something that’s a recognised classic, and which has been adapted so many times already, and then produce something so fresh and so beautiful – that’s talent.
- 1. Little Women
- 2. Once upon a time… in Hollywood
- 3. Parasite
- 4. One Cut of the Dead
- 5. Dolemite is my Name
- 6. Booksmart
- 7. The Farewell
- 8. Marriage Story
- 9. Eighth Grade
- 10. Wild Rose
Honourable mention: The Standoff at Sparrow Creek