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Movie Review: The Map of Tiny Perfect Things

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I love movies that touch my heart and bring tears to my eyes with touching scenes.

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things delivers on both accounts.It's no accident it was released on Valentines day, since it's a sweet, touching romance story with an almost unique twist, and it expands on what may be the start of a new genre.

It's a take-off on the classic movie, Groundhogs Day, which starred Bill Murray. But this movie has two people, a teenaged boy and girl both stuck in the same time loop. Like Groundhogs Day, this movie offers entertaining, touching funny scenes that happen when the protagonist knows what's going to happen and anticipates it.

But the film also offers some wisdom-- that our lives are made of special moments, and that we can even map them. It shows that perfect moments don't have to be winning a lotto prize. They can be moments of noticing serendipitous timing or amazing events in nature. Here's how it's said in the film:

"Most of life is just junk, and then there are these random moments, Where all the randomness turns into something perfect. "

Then he asks, "What if we found them all? We could collect them..."

The main characters in the film, played by Kathryn Newton, and Kyle Allen, do a great, subtle job that makes me want to see more of them.

The film is playing on Amazon Prime. There's no violence, no sex, but if you like a good romance, or a touching story that may make moisture well up in your eyes, this could be the film for you. It certainly put a smile on my face, a glow in my heart and moisture in at least one eye (I once theorized that tears inspired by touching scenes or stories could be something that only happens in one eye,) this is for you. NYTimes reviewer Ben Kenigsberg characterized it as trite and "a perfectly fine pretext for teenage treacle." But I'm a sucker for treacle and I would disagree on it being trite. I'd say that the idea of creating a Groundhog's day genre is cool and that it offers writers challenges to come up with unique new angles. Screenwriters Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis did more than create a classic movie. They created a new genre. Imagine if reviewers called new romcoms trite. Nope. This makes me want to see more GroundHog's day genre films-- sci fi, combat, detective. The sky's the limit.


The Map of Tiny Perfect Things - Official Trailer The Map of Tiny Perfect Things tells the story of quick-witted teen Mark, contentedly living the same day in an endless loop whose world is turned upside-down ...
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I have trouble dealing with entertainment where the script pulls the main characters into threatening situations. Personally, I blame this on all of life's experiences that have taught me (and lots of others) that we don't actually live in a version of Disneyland. The sum of those experiences have made clear that what we've always described as "third-world" behavior in politics, is actually just the behavior of humans in power. And, the bigger and more powerful the nation, the greater the potential for evil.

American events (like the organized assassinations of progressive leaders and the use of false flags to move us into wars of aggression) that careful readers have become aware of in recent decades have pulled back the Disney-fying curtain that has enveloped us for decades. The shock associated with that awakening has made the idea of examining hard questions in leisure time anathema to me.

Surprisingly, my avoidance of conflict in leisure made this movie, "The Map of Tiny Perfect Things," perfect for bringing me a better grasp on reality. Even though this film wasn't helping change the world by challenging a emerald-green tinted view of the world (something many of us spend much time and effort at), it was still relevant to how we perceive and deal with reality. Its bitter-sweet message--that we have to face the reality of the place we live--was a welcome one that I needed to hear outside of all the awful reasons I already know about.

Thank you for the recommendation, Rob, and for an evening's entertainment that helped quietly confirm that the cost to humans when they attempt to hold back time is far too high.

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