Mia’s review published on Letterboxd:
Giant Little Ones is bold, complicated, character-driven, and equal parts devastating and heartwarming, which is basically my favorite genre.
It isn’t perfect and some of the messages it sends are a little unclear or questionable, but overall I thought it was a good story told well. I loved all the characters, but I especially wish Mouse & Tash could’ve had more screen time and attention. Honestly there’s enough going on for this to have been a mini series or something.
My main complaint is that there’s some major bisexual erasure going on. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: in real life, and in stories to some extent, it’s fine not to like labels or not to have one for yourself. But we’re not at a point where we as a culture don’t need labels - we still do. As compelling as the idea of rejecting labels can be, the queer community (and, I believe, all of society) benefits measurably from representation and visibility. When stories complicate identity by denying individuals a word for the very concept of a piece of who they are, that bleeds into real life. So many stories ignore the existence of bi+ identities, which is harmful and disappointing, especially in stories like this where there’s so much potential to slip it in.
That said, I do appreciate the representation here for those who are questioning, which is also really lacking in the media. From my perspective, through an LGBTQ+ lens, overall this movie was great. And just to be clear, I’m not saying anyone in the story should’ve come out or defined anything for the audience - I liked that it wasn’t about that - I just think one simple “maybe you’re bisexual” line or something could’ve gone a long way here.