Many devotees of Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel and its previous adaptations took to Twitter to bemoan a “boring” start to the miniseries, complaining about the score, casting choices, and the writers’ decisions to omit certain plot points.
However, others said there was “a lot to like” about the series adapted by Call the Midwife creator Heidi Thomas.
Director Vanessa Caswill faced an uphill battle from the beginning by taking on such a deeply beloved story, and though the reaction from critics has been positive, it appears the fans are not yet convinced.
🙄🙄 I cannot take this anymore. They have skipped a lot of the plot, aged up Amy, the acting apart from #AngelaLansbury is not great. This is not the story of #LittleWomen I know and love. @BBC. Switching this off.
On the Radio Times Facebook page however, viewers praised the casting of the main characters.
“I’m really enjoying it. Good adaptation and brilliant casting. All working well so far. Could have been extended to a four hour programme but three will have to do,” Debbie Mead wrote.
“Overall I thought the adaptation for TV was very good although some of the scenes were too short and hopped about too much,” Diana Blake added. “The casting was good though and Laurie and Jo perfect.”
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