When it comes to movies and tv shows I’ve come to realize that if someone asks me about to describe what I saw and I can easily do it then I probably didn’t enjoy it. The movie Puzzle is certainly a great example of it. On the surface the film is probably what you might expect – a person (or persons) trying to navigate all of the pieces that go to make up a life. What are the pieces? What’s the best way to put them together. Am I missing any?
As with most good movies (especially character dramas) the strength of Puzzle is in the subtlety. It is fascinating to see the lead progress from a sheltered and misunderstood life into something more. More is learned by what isn’t said than what is.
probably not a spoiler
The final scene is perfect in that it identifies that she is a person that is finally growing but it in no way is she a finished product. A less honest ending would have had her making the trip to Europe. Instead, she is someone at the beginning of the long-delayed exploration of herself and the puzzle around her.
My Review - 9/10