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Will the new 'Little Women' movie be an instant classic or a disappointment?

Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" holds a special place in the hearts of many. A tribute to creativity, family and determination, "Little Women" has inspired generations of writers and readers looking for their place in the world. Greta Gerwig's movie adaptation of the beloved story hits the big screen on Christmas Day in 2019, and its trailer holds plenty of promise. Most can't wait to dive back into the world of the March sisters through Gerwig's eye, but some super-fans are nervous this movie adaptation will be yet another disappointment. After watching the trailer, which do you feel is more likely?

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"Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents!" Jo and "Little Women" fans everywhere have nothing to worry about this year. The universe has gifted you the greatest Christmas gift of all: the "Little Women" movie. 

For many, the "Little Women" trailer promises the perfect interpretation of Alcott's classic work. Not only does the trailer hit on key plot points like Aunt March's attempts to sway Jo towards a certain lifestyle, Meg's marriage, and Jo's refusal of Laurie, but it also highlights some of the most beloved actors of the age. Meryl Streep as Aunt March, Timothée Chalamet as Laurie, Saoirse Ronan as Jo, Emma Watson as Meg, Laura Dern as Marmee March—the list goes on, and this cast of stars is sure to deliver one of the greatest movie adaptations of all time. 

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Let's be honest, anything in Greta Gerwig's hands is going to be spectacular. Fans have nothing to worry about.

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The trailer indeed highlights a number of classic "Little Women" scenes, but perhaps we've seen these moments one too many times. Not only is the entire book summarized in the trailer (never a good sign), but the film's lack of diversity becomes all the more clear. 

The immense love for "Little Women" after its trailer dropped proves the depth of the missed opportunity here when it comes to diversity and inclusion, and fans rightfully expect better. 

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Plot-wise, "Little Women" has a lot to take on. The trailer is clear about one thing: Laurie's love and devotion for Jo. There's no question this love is paramount to the plot of the novel, but the 2019 movie-version of Jo and Laure are a bit more romantic than they are in the book. The trailer features the pair dancing randomly on a porch and adorably behind curtains; they are the bickering best friends who fall in love—only we all know how that turns out. Regardless, many readers (this one included), wonder simply: Were Jo and Laurie ever that outwardly adorable?

The climax of the trailer comes when Jo explains that she is "so sick of people saying love is all a woman is fit for," followed by the publisher's ironic question at the close: "So, who does she marry?" referring to the main character of Jo's forthcoming novel. Obviously, Jo's sentiment here is one we all wholeheartedly agree with, and although it certainly plays a major role in "Little Women," the novel is about much, much more.

"Little Women" is about morality, it is about money, it is about family, it is about different kinds of love—romantic and platonic—found in different stages of life, built with different building blocks and dismantled by different forces. Although Jo's line here is just a piece of the movie, it's importance in the trailer may make some viewers nervous this will be the sole theme of the movie, when it could and should be about much more. 

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