‘Little Women’ Director Gillian Armstrong Praises Greta Gerwig’s New Version, Pulls for #GretaForOscar

‘Little Women’ Director Gillian Armstrong Praises Greta Gerwig’s New Version, Pulls for #GretaForOscar

26 Nov 2019 (PT)
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Greta Gerwig’s sophomore solo directorial outing, a new take on the beloved Louisa May Alcott novel “Little Women,” has already pulled in plenty of fans including this critic in advance of its Christmas Day release. The film currently boasts a 97% Fresh rating over on Rotten Tomatoes, and with a month to go until its theatrical release, anticipation over its awards season chances is at a fever pitch. But what of the  other lauded adaptation of the Alcott novel, Gillian Armstrong’s 1994 take on the classic tale?

Armstrong’s version, often credited as the modern definitive take on Alcott’s work which has spawned over a dozen film and television takes over the years, boasted an all-star cast Winona Ryder! Susan Sarandon! Christian Bale! and was nominated for three Oscars. While Rotten Tomatoes was not around during that film’s release, the review aggregator long ago compiled enough past reviews to crown it with a stellar 92% Fresh rating. For fans of that film, the necessity of Gerwig’s version might have been in question.

Let Armstrong herself put those worries to rest. On Tuesday, the Aussie director shared her affection for Gerwig’s version on Twitter, initially admitting she had to “pluck up courage” to check out the film. The result, however, is wonderful: she loved it. Armstrong writes that she “loved it. Very different! Brave new structure. Fantastic cast.” In Armstrong’s eyes, Gerwig’s film is “LW for this generation.”

Armstrong also angled to start her own hashtag to drum up Oscar season support for Gerwig, care of a simple “#gretaforoscar.” Gerwig was previously nominated for both Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for 2017’s “Lady Bird.” In a followup tweet, Armstrong added that “in this so far very male lineup for Oscars she has to [be] a contender.”

Armstrong isn’t the only talent involved with the 1994 version that has embraced Gerwig’s film: her own screenwriter, filmmaker Robin Swicord, produced both films.

IndieWire’s A- review of Gerwig’s film calls back to Armstrong’s adaptation, promising that fans of that film “shouldn't fret over the contemporary implications of Gerwig's film. While it's consumed with questions of ambition, economics, and a woman's place in the world, ‘Little Women’ is clearly the work of someone steeped in affection for the original, and keenly aware of how the concerns of Alcott and the March sisters loosely based on the author's own family have never quite abated, no matter the time.”

Check out Armstrong’s tweets below.

Plucked up courage and saw the new Little Women. And loved it. Very different! Brave new structure. Fantastic cast. And yes the message sadly needs to be stronger for this generation.Hopefully now men will see and vote.#gretaforoscar

— Gillian Armstrong @big_pix November 26, 2019

Huge congrats to Greta and team. In this so far very male lineup for Oscars she has to a contender. And the never a foot wrong Saorise.A brilliant match for Laura Dern.LW for this generation. #gretaforoscar #littlewomen https://t.co/v8Ey723Elx

— Gillian Armstrong @big_pix November 26, 2019

Sony will release “Little Women” in theaters on Wednesday, December 25.

Source: Indiewire

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