Review: Little Women

What would you do if 50 million dollars just showed up in your bank account? A new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women was released this year. The book has been transformed from a Civil War-era setting into modern day South Korea following the life of three sisters.

This new adaptation is very different from the book. The book follows the life of four sisters Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March, in which it shows them transforming from childhood to womanhood. It also follows their love lives and the family’s struggles. This adaptation follows the lives of three sisters who grew up in poverty and have to overcome their financial struggles and personal challenges. 

This version of Little Women has plenty of mystery, thrills, and just a little bit of romance.

While many people may not think they’d be interested in a Korean version of a beloved classic, some of the most popular shows are from Korea or other countries. For example, Squid Game, a Korean series, was the highest viewed show on Netflix as of October of last year and All of Us Are Dead, a Korean zombie show, was only second to Squid Game in popularity. 

In the show, Oh In-Joo, who is the main protagonist, is the eldest sister and played by Kim Go-Eun, from Yumi’s Cells (2021-2022). She gets trapped in between the mess her best friend left behind and a series of unexpected events. It leads up to her getting involved in trying to get back money that her friend wasn’t supposed to have and having to face the wealthiest family in the nation. It was great to see In-Joo going from a stubborn character to a powerful woman.

Oh In-Kyung, the middle sister played by Nam Ji-Hyun, starred in The Witch’s Diner (2021). Oh In-Kyung is an alcoholic reporter, exposing corruption from a case that had happened four years ago. In-Kyung started to investigate not knowing it’d get her into trouble. It is quite impressive how she uncovers the missing pieces she has not been able to put together all these years. 

The youngest sister, Oh In-Hye, is played by Park Ji-hu, who had a breakthrough role in All of Us Are Dead (2022). The youngest sister got into a prestigious school because her artistic skills led her to being friends with the daughter of a powerful politician. In-hye is trying to find her way into the group socialites to secure her future as an artist. One would find it shocking how desperation could change how a sister views her own family and glorifies one that she isn’t part of. 

By the end of the show, there were small cliffhangers, but nothing major that leaves you wondering what happened next, and there are currently no plans for a second season. Little Women was able to create a great show that is able to transcend language barriers because of its great writing, acting, and directing.

It is streaming on Netflix and I would rate it 8.5/10 because it is a great drama. The show also makes me want to see the other adaptations of Little Women that have been released to see how each production interprets the book.