Holiday Movie Review: The March Sisters at Christmas
Cast: Julie berman, Kaitlin Doubleday, Melissa Farman
Streaming on Hulu
To keep the family home from being sold, 4 very modern March sisters tackle home improvement on their own. But their romantic entanglements involving the boy next door, an old flame and a new acquaintance become a distraction.
Little Women is legitimately one of my favorite stories and is especially one of my favorite movies to watch during the holidays. So when I saw this one, I was very intrigued about the modern touches that could twist the story into now. But my love of these characters could quite possibly cloud my thinking when it comes to the actors who play them, and so I will try to be as positive as I can.
First off, there are some really clever ways this story changes events in order to suit the situation. Burning hair, falling through ice, travel through europe to study art, and even a certain character who does not make it through the original story are all things give the modern touch.
Also I have to mention that usually in these less mainstream movies, the female lead is usually very strong, and the guy leaves me wondering if there just wasn’t a strong turnout or if it completely a vanity casting. In this movie, I had a completely opposite effect. The men in this movie were strong, with complexity and connections to their romantic interests. But of the ladies I was particularly disappointed, with the exception of Beth and Amy. I guess this hits the hardest on Jo (but again I might be biased) but when she rebuffs Laurie’s advances in the original story, you understand it is so she protects him from her lack of feelings. This is because Winona Rider makes a connection to the audience as well as her fellow actors. But in this case, Jo became an unlikable, whiny, pouty character. And that broke my heart.
However, do not let this keep you from this movie. It’s still worth the watch.