Thursday, June 1, 2023

Kathryn Hahn Shines in the Emotional Drama “Tiny Beautiful Things”

  • Kathryn Hahn shines in “Tiny Beautiful Things”, based on Cheryl Strayed’s collection of essays.
  • Hahn’s character, Clare, finds catharsis and salvation as she becomes an advice columnist, dealing with a perfect storm of frustrations and past regrets.
  • The show is a tearjerker, with some manipulations that may feel overplayed, but is worth a watch for fans of Strayed’s work or those seeking an emotional journey.

Kathryn Hahn has become a beloved figure in Hollywood over the past few years, and her latest role in the streaming platform’s new series “Tiny Beautiful Things” only cements her status as a versatile actress.

The show is based on Cheryl Strayed’s 2012 collection of essays of the same name, which follows the responses she used to write for the Dear Sugar problem page of online literary magazine the Rumpus.

Hahn’s character, Clare, is a married mother of one who finds herself on the brink of her 50th birthday, dealing with a perfect storm of frustrations, past regrets, unfulfilled ambitions, unprocessed trauma, and fears for the future. Through a series of flashbacks, we see how Clare’s life has been affected by her mother’s death, heroin addiction, and self-loathing.

Despite her own struggles, Clare takes on the role of an advice columnist and finds solace in composing responses to those seeking guidance. This becomes a form of catharsis and salvation for her, as she navigates her way towards healing.

Although “Tiny Beautiful Things” is clearly designed to be a tearjerker, there are moments when the manipulations show too starkly to be effective. However, if you’re a fan of Cheryl Strayed’s work or in the mood for an emotional journey, this series is worth a watch.

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