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Review: ‘Tiny Beautiful Things’

“Tiny Beautiful Things” is a stunning, emotionally moving Hulu & Disney+ limited series that explores the complexities of grief and the power of human connection. Based on the essay collection by Cheryl Strayed, the show follows the story of Clare Pierce (Kathryn Hahn), a mother, wife, and lapsed writer who finds herself struggling with trauma after her mother’s death.

The series weaves together multiple timelines, showing Clare’s past and present through flashbacks that reveal the depth of her pain and its impact on her relationships with her husband and daughter. Through it all, Hahn’s performance remains the heart of the show, as she brings an authenticity to Clare that is both heartbreaking and inspiring.

Clare takes on a self-help column writing gig, and at first, she thinks she has no business giving anyone advice, but eventually ends up using it to work through her own pain and help others in the process. The show captures the “Dear Sugar” column, which was known for its honesty and vulnerability.

The show is also notable for its excellent supporting cast. Merritt Wever gives a stunning performance as Frankie, Clare’s mother, who is a constant presence in her daughter’s life even after her death. Sarah Pidgeon brings an intriguing thorniness to the role of young Clare, while Quentin Plair gives a strong performance as Clare’s husband, who struggles to understand her pain.

“Tiny Beautiful Things” is a rare gem of a show that manages to capture the complexity of grief. It is a story that will stay with you long after the final episode, leaving you with a renewed appreciation for the power of human connection and the resilience of the human spirit.

Kathryn Hahn’s performance is a standout, as she delivers a nuanced and powerful portrayal of a woman struggling to find her way after a devastating loss. Her journey is messy, imperfect, and deeply relatable, and Hahn captures every moment with a rawness and authenticity that is both heartbreaking and inspiring.

The show’s writing is also a standout, that is both honest and emotionally resonant. The Dear Sugar column provides a framing device that is both poignant and effective, allowing the show to explore the power of writing.

Ultimately, “Tiny Beautiful Things” is a show that will leave you feeling deeply moved and inspired. It is a reminder that even in our darkest moments, there is always hope for healing and connection and that writing can help us find our way back to ourselves and each other.

“Tiny Beautiful Things” will begin streaming on Hulu in the United States and on Disney+ in many countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia, on Friday, April 7, 2023.  All eight episodes will drop at once.

You can view the trailer below:

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