I’m always suspect when someone decides to remake a classic book into a movie or TV show. So, it was with intrigue that I requested the link to review this movie that hits theaters Sept. 28th, and my screening was provided by Graf-Martin Communications and Pure Flix. To them I say, “Thank you.”
I think it must be my age, because the only actor I recognized was Lea Thompson as Marmee. And because of that, I was able to watch the story unfold with basically no “history of roles” to cloud my viewing, or give in to expectations.
What a wonderful way to spend my afternoon off this week! I was completely enthralled, and had to get the tissues out more than once. The story stays quite close to the book, but the updates for a 2018 audience are spot-on and quite clever.
The relationship between the girls and with Marmee is so special, it almost jumps off the screen. And then throw Laurie into the mix, and well…it’s just as I pictured things in the book. This movie has all the feels – and none of them are out-of-place to the situation. It’s wholesome without being campy. Proof that Hollywood can do quality family films, this is one I’ll likely invest in the DVD when it is offered. I know I’ll want to see it again and again.
This is the 150th anniversary of the book, and with this wonderful version – a whole generation will discover this classic, and see just how timeless good writing and stories can be. Fitting for the whole family, although rated PG-13 (not for language, but a few tense situations), I highly recommend an evening together enjoying this movie.