Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Puzzle Review - 3 Stars

Kelly Macdonald begins "Puzzle" fading into the woodwork, as she hosts a birthday party for herself. The setting looks like the 1940s, but her birthday present of an iPhone clues us to the present. Her other birthday present is a 1000 piece puzzle, which she fits together in record time. She has a gift for working complicated puzzles, and puts that gift to use, training for a puzzle competition with Irrfan Khan as her partner. Her regular trips to his Manhattan brownstone bring an awakening, followed by a mid-life coming-of-age. Macdonald gives this role quiet dignity: She has us from the first frame. "Puzzle," rated "R," 3 stars. Does it deliver what it promises? Quiet adult story. Is it entertaining? Well-acted. Is it worth the price of admission? A grown-up affair.