The Paper Reviews
"A behind-the-line look at work, marriage, and other forms of combat."
The Paper is a decent workplace, comedy/drama from Ron Howard that features a long and impressive cast. While this movie doesn't quite leap off the screen at you, it was still pretty good in it's own right. Normally Ron Howard tends to be pretty hit and miss, and with this one, it's right on the edge of being either hit or miss. It's not good enough to call it a clear success, but it is good enough to say that he didn't miss.
Henry is an editor at the New York Sun newspaper and he has a busy day ahead of him. He has an interview at the Sentinel, which is offering him a job that would pay more. He also is trying figure out how to put together a worthy cover story after missing on yesterday's. He has to fight time, a pregnant wife, a colleague, and still manage to get the paper out on time and make sure he's running the correct story.
While The Paper may come off as just another dull and unexciting workplace movie, I somehow found just enough enjoyment from it. It had just enough funny and smart parts to make up for a lot of dull and boring parts. The movie kind of plays like a lesser and lighter form of Broadcast News.
I'm gonna give this one a mild recommendation. The movie is most worth it for the cast. Although no one is giving one of the best performances of their careers, this huge and star studded cast makes seeing this movie worth it. Michael Keaton, Robert Duvall, Marisa Tomei, Glenn Close, Randy Quaid, and many more faces you'll be sure to recognize.
A must see if you ever thought about being a writer!
Ron Howard has turned into one of the most reliable directors working today, and I think the thing that I find the most refreshing about his career is that he rarely makes the same film twice. He's comfortable working in almost any genre, and this is yet another winner for him. It gives the uninitiated an unbeatable glimpse into the world of newspapers, even though I'm sure this is greatly exaggerated to up the entertainment value for the viewer.
The central story hooks you, and this wonderful ensemble cast sells it. The lead role is a perfect fit for Michael Keaton's unique brand of manic energy, and it's always a pleasure to see Robert Duvall work in almost anything. Screenwriters David and Stephen Koepp do a nice job of balancing all the different subplots to give us an idea of the stress faced by newspaper editors, but things get a little lost in the shuffle towards the end.
With the medical crisis and the unnecessary showdown between Randy Quaid and Jason Alexander, the film loses its focus. Thankfully, it happens so late in the film that it really doesn't affect it much. "The Paper" remains s small but pleasurable gem, an overlooked film that deserves a wider audience.