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Puzzle transcends its quirky premise with honest emotion -- and Kelly Macdonald, whose nicely understated performance proves she's too often underutilized.
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Turtletaub's direction and the trio of ace performances make "Puzzle" feel relatable and real; it's one of those movies where everything truly comes together.
Watching two people do a jigsaw puzzle could be fascinating in the right movie. This is not that movie.
"Puzzle" becomes a low-key pleasure, with all its pieces fitting together nicely.
The results are deceptively simple, finding complex emotions in a scenario that only signals sentimentality.
Turtletaub goes deep on character, allowing Macdonald and Khan to reveal details of their lives, and also their dreams and fears, in a manner that's as natural as the charming piano score.
The indie drama's aptly metaphorical goings-on have real warmth, and get an added boost from charming performances by Macdonald and Irrfan Khan...
This is by far the best showcase for [Kelly Macdonald's] talents that she has had in a while and she makes great use of it in the way that she keeps her character from getting bogged down in a morass of cliches.
It's a showcase for Macdonald, and 22 years on from Trainspotting the Scottish actress displays a mixture of soulful struggle and defiant will to change.
There is kind and winning quality to it but it almost seemed... too small for the big screen. I couldn't shake the feeling throughout that had I seen it streaming on Netflix I would probably have far warmer feelings for it.
Despite this crying out to be described in jigsaw puns, I'll simply say that Kelly Macdonald as the blossoming Agnes blows everyone out of the water in a performance of subtle intensity and humour, and leave it at that.
Kelly Macdonald shines in the lead. Her face is a powerfully expressive text ... representing hairpin turns of understanding and decision that are always convincing.
Thoroughly simplistic and profound, Puzzle is a poignant and insightful character study of domestic alienation looking to take some time off for poetic evaluation.
For some life is a bitch, for others it's like a box of chocolates but for Agnes life is a puzzle spiritually and metaphorically. Kelli Macdonald plays Agnes perfectly as we witness her transform from June Cleaver to the next #MeToo icon. I would put her on a short list for an Oscar nomination. The story is simple but deep and the acting is superb all around. A beautiful jewel box of a film. (9-10-18)
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