Today is a good day for everyone who is really excited about Greta Gerwig’s upcoming film, Civil War Lady Bird…I mean, Little Women. Sony dropped the first official trailer for Little Women. We have already seen what Saoirse Ronan will look like as Jo and Timothée Chalamet as Mr. Darcy. Wait, wrong period piece film – he plays Laurie. And as expected, there’s plenty of gender-switching wardrobe moments and peak-19th century sexual tension between the two.
Greta Gerwig’s Little Women is probably going to be rated PG-13, because it’s based on a book for young people, and the edgiest it could possibly get is if Jo angrily shouts “damn!” while trying to blow off Laurie. But it would qualify for NC-17 if movies were rated based on gratuitous use of petticoats, inappropriate amounts of wind-blown hair, and excessive candlelight. You’ll be able to see for yourself.
Unless the scene takes place in the daytime, it looks like the only lighting allowed on set was courtesy of an antique oil lamp. It’s so dark in some scenes, I caught myself wondering if I was looking at Emma Watson or her Beauty and The Beast doll.
The trailer covers everyone. Saoirse as Jo, Emma as Meg, Florence Pugh as Amy, Eliza Scanlen as Beth, Laura Dern as Marmee, and Meryl Streep as Aunt March. And the trailer really covers everything in 2 minutes and 43 seconds. If you know a lazy kid who was assigned Little Women for a book report, just show them this trailer. You’ve got four artsy sisters, some want to get married, one is super grossed out by marriage, one ain’t gonna make it to the third act. There’s also boys with floppy hair and waistcoats who want to marry the girls. And also, many hats! Many scarves! Burnt hair! The party with the fancy dresses!
My favorite character by far has got to be Meryl’s Aunt March, who looks like every crotchety old woman from every movie about the 1800s ever. It looks like she’s even got a pair of those brass opera glasses, to which she can use to stare with judgement while muttering, “Good heavens, what frightful girls!”
There’s also an underlying mid-2000’s indie, Arcade Fire-sounding score running through the trailer. But that’s probably as weird and quirky as this versions going to get. There’s already a very strong quirky girl slant to this one, and it might have been cool Brooklyn girl overkill for Saoirse’s Jo to skip out of that book publisher’s office to Vampire Weekend.