A modern and refreshing take on a much-adapted classic.

Writer and director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) brings her own take on the beloved story of four sisters growing up in America in the 1800s to the big screen, and while the plot and characters are familiar, a balance is struck between the nostalgic and the new.

Watch our interview with Saoirse Ronan and Greta Gerwig:

Saoirse Ronan takes the lead as Jo, a forward thinking writer more concerned with following her dreams and charting her own path than securing an advantageous marriage, and turns in yet another brilliant performance, but it is Florence Pugh's portrayal of Jo's younger sister Amy that steals the show.

Scenes with Ronan and Pugh are stand-outs, as are some key moments with Timothee Chalamet's Laurie. The chemistry between all three is compelling and everyone is working at their highest level.

Watch our interview with Florence Pugh and Timothee Chalamet:

The narrative deftly flits between the past and present, which works wonderfully to keep the joy and energy of the girls' younger years sprinkled throughout as the more severe and adult struggles develop later in life.

The film is period-piece perfection visually, with the costumes and sets absolutely stunning. This can however detract from the moments that needed to be given a darkness to be really felt.

A worthy adaptation and an ideal film for this time of year.