This modernized retelling of the Louisa Might Alcott basic has missed its calling: It could have been a pleasant centerpiece of this yr’s Countdown to Christmas sequence on the Hallmark Channel. And I say that as an avid client of the soothing, pablum charms therein.
As a theatrical launch, although, this “Little Girls” doesn’t do justice to the beloved 1868 novel in regards to the 4 March sisters, headed by Jo (Sarah Davenport), an independent-minded aspiring creator. First-time function director Clare Niederpruem offers it her very earnest all, however falls brief each on continuity points (a smoldering curling iron, for instance, is dropped to the ground and instantly forgotten) and on making her progressively growing older solid match up.
At instances it looks as if half the sisters are younger adults, whereas the others are nonetheless younger kids. Jo, our heroine, whereas at all times a prickly character, comes off right here as . . . effectively, a little bit of an a - - gap. And though that will hew pretty carefully to accounts of the actual Louisa Might, we want Jo to be likable sufficient to root for. Additionally, if you happen to’re going to replace, preserving your matriarch named Marmee (Lea Thompson) simply feels weird.
Lastly, via no fault of its personal, this “Little Girls” suffers the unlucky destiny of previous Greta Gerwig’s fairly assuredly superior model, set to come back out subsequent yr.