• This is a beautiful film, and I highly recommend it, but for those of us who read "Little Women" decades ago and don't vividly remember the storyline Greta Gerwig's new time-traveling screenplay makes the experience more of an occasionally jarring, confusing experience than an enjoyably immersive one. (Update: saw it again a week later and realized the idea works beautifully if you do know the story--I loved the film on second viewing). The entire cast is very often spectacularly talented and watchable, and the direction is undeniably assured, so all is forgiven for that first-time viewing disorientation, and I definitely now recommend a second viewing for those of us who left the film confused and a bit unsatisfied the first time around. Turned out to be one of my favorite films of the year after that second viewing.