A Greta Gerwig Movie for Every Season!

Greta Gerwig has been directing for over sixteen years and she has supplied audiences with countless hours of entertainment. Here is the best way to watch each movie she directed!

Little Women – Fall

Fall is the season to curl up on the couch with a cup of tea and watch Little Women. The sixth adaptation was directed by Greta Gerwig, who added a fresh perspective onto the timeless story. The story of Little Woman follows four sisters living with their mother while their father is off fighting in the civil war told through the perspective of Jo March, played by Saoirse Ronan. The story explores themes of growing up, girlhood, what it means to love and be loved, as well as women’s societal role.

Fall is a transitory season, sitting right in the middle of the two most extreme seasons. This is perfectly represented by the story as it takes place at the crux of change in all of the character’s lives. One half of the movie takes place when the girls are children, right on the edge of adolescence. The other half of the movie takes place when the girls are grown up and are all faced with important decisions to make. This theme perfectly embodies the essence of fall and allows the story to shine through in a more unique way.

The imagery and color palette of the story have an incredible fall ambience. The costuming and set design makes each place feel lived in and real creating an overall cozy ambience for the film. The next time you are looking for a cozy film to watch during those chilly fall months.

You can watch Little Woman on Amazon Prime Video or Hulu.

Nights and Weekends – Winter

Nights and Weekends was Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut as she worked alongside Joe Swanberg. This film follows a couple who is struggling through their long distance relationship, both feeling neglected and disconnected from the other.

Before this Greta had been working in the industry as an actress and was rewarded for this film with the Best Jump from Actor to Director Award in 2008 from the Alliance of Women Film Journalists. While this movie may not look as polished as some of her more recent ones, the heart, story, and dynamic characters are all still there. Furthermore, the unpolished look of film adds to that winter ambience as it creates the feeling of watching the bare bones of a story.

The dreary weather and cool color grading throughout the film creates a very cold and bitter atmosphere. Furthermore, with themes of desolation and the breaking down of the familiar, this film really captures the essence of winter in its most symbolic nature. If you are looking for a film to curl up on the couch with and maybe have a good cry, then this is the film for you.

Nights and Weekends is available on Apple TV+ and Prime Video.

Ladybird – Spring

Ladybird is Greta’s first solo directorial role as well as her sophomore film. The movie tells the story of a high school senior crossing the milestone of going from high school to college while trying to find her place in the world.

Greta Gerwig styled this movie around Sacramento, California, which is where she grew up. With the film taking place throughout the entirety of Ladybird’s senior year, viewers would have been able to experience all of the seasons, if the setting had been changed. With California’s weather remaining consistent throughout the year, the entire film feels like it is in a constant state of spring.

Spring embodies the energy of a coming of age story perfectly. This film is all about new beginnings, opportunities, and growth which is exactly what Spring symbolizes. If you are looking for a movie to get you inspired for warmer weather and rebirth, give this film a shot.

You can watch Ladybird on Netflix, Hulu, or Showtime.

Barbie – Summer

Greta Gerwig’s latest release, Barbie, is perfect for those warm Summer months. The film is about the doll, Barbie, who has to go to the human world in order to fix her reality and things start falling apart. Barbie is able to talk about feminist ideals and rhetoric while still remaining a fun, family friendly movie.

This was Greta’s biggest movie yet and it has been a fan favorite! So far the film has won multiple awards including a Golden Globe. From the sets, to the costumes, to the color palette, this movie screams Summer and not just because Barbie lives by the beach.

Summer is very closely associated with things such as joy and being carefree, which works perfectly for this film. Summer can also be representative of a time of freedom, and in the end Barbie focuses on Barbie regaining her autonomy over her own body and now just being a doll that gets played with anymore. If you are looking for a movie to watch with your girls on a hot Summer night, this film is perfect!

Barbie is available to stream on Max and Hulu.

Greta Gerwig is currently working on the newest Narnia film and we can not wait to see which season it is going to most closely resemble!

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Caleigh McCrink

Caleigh McCrink, a sophomore at Emerson College, is studying visual media arts and writing. Beyond her academic pursuits, she dedicates her time to intern at AfterBuzz TV. In her free time she explores her passions by working as a photographer on film sets and writing interviews or fiction for literary magazines.