'Paterson' is a very unique movie, as it isn't really about anything. It's a celebration of the everyday man/woman, and slowly but surely builds character in the process. As interesting an idea as this is, an unfortunate side effect is that the movie can sometimes be a little slow and its lack of plot can sometimes make it hard to get engaged with at times.
The way that I thought of the structure of this film, it is as if each scene is the start to a new conflict that could springboard into another movie, but it never does. Such is life. We experience small conflicts, and we make the choice to pursue them or not.
It is all like if a filmmaker stopped and asked "why not make a movie about the inbetween?" Besides, that is what we spend most of our life doing. The long, mundane goings on separated by brief and ever-so rare moments of excitement. Thanks to, Mr. Jarmusch, for celebrating that in such a way that only he could.
"Paterson" is a poetic masterpiece, and Jarmusch's best achievement since the "Stranger Than Paradise" and "Down by Law" years.
Paterson is married to a woman named Laura who spends her days decorating their home and herself and trays of cupcakes in black and white patterns. Even their English bulldog, Marvin, has a black and white collar, though he, himself, is brown and white. Paterson and Laura seem very much in love, though their verbal communication is superficial at best. It's a dynamic one might expect of a couple who only speak a few words of the other's language, though they both speak fluent English. Patterson really only expresses himself in his poetry, which he writes in a secret notebook every chance he gets and doesn't share with anybody, not even Laura.
"Paterson" (the movie) depicts a week in the life of Paterson (the man), whose routine is so unvarying and his demeanor so low-key that by day three, I started to simultaneously fear that something really terrible was going to happen or that nothing at all was ever going happen. It's the sort of movie that really grows on you if you're patient enough to stick with it through morning after morning of watching a guy eating Cheerios out of the same black and white mug. I mean, who eats cereal out of a mug anyway? The first day I assumed all of the bowls were dirty but there he was on day two eating out of the very same mug. And not one of those big round cappuccino mugs either, just a regular old mug-shaped mug.
Despite being a man of few words, Paterson gradually develops into a likeable and relatable character in a movie full of likeable and relatable characters. (I'm excluding Laura from the "relatable" category as she seems like she was plucked straight from a 50's sitcom.)
All in all, a very engrossing and enjoyable movie.
With Paterson "Jim Jarmush" here sign a movie of great tenderness and
full of delicacy, pure zen attitude. In addition, all this delicacy
benevolent submerges you all along this movie, great art. This movie is
to be prescribed to all the strained people of our modern life. In
conclusion, we must not forget this beautiful couple that releases so
much sweetness, kindness and tenderness that are: Adam Driver in the
role Paterson and Golshifteh Farahani in the role of Laura, and you
will see or have seen a magnificent movie
"Minimalist" my a ss. I kind of never write reviews, only when it's really worth of it. And this piece of sh.. deserves it. I'm sorry but I want my 2 hours of life and $6 USD back now!
Please save yourself two hours. The 95% rating is from the point-of-view of pretentious critics and their love of minimalist "artistry."
I recommend Shrek.