Paterson (2016)

The insertion of calming scenes however couldn’t make up for the lack of believable characterization. Nothing resonated with me. Still, as a whole, this movie was enjoyable, like meditation.


Paterson

Paterson

“A quiet observation of the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.” -IMDB

Cast

Adam Driver Paterson
Golshifteh Farahani Laura
Nellie Marvin
Rizwan Manji Donny

Directed by

Jim Jarmusch

Written by

Jim Jarmusch, William Carlos Williams

Other Info

Comedy, Drama, Romance
R
Thu 17 Nov 2016 UTC
118min
IMDB Rating: 7.4

When meditating, still life nature scenes and soft spoken recordings are excellent help for me. It was as if this film purposely included such chunks in the film to entrance its viewers. Because I practice meditation and relaxation, I’m attuned to this and I found those places where Paterson read poetry and waterfalls were running in the background to be ethereal, calming.

It reminded me of the music they play when I get my monthly massage. The insertion of calming scenes however couldn’t make up for the lack of believable characterization and the presence of a very dull plot. Still, as a whole, this movie was i its own way enjoyable for me. Paterson is well versed in famous poets but for the most part, he writes like an unschooled diarist and that was hard to sit through.

Jim Jarmusch is the Director. He directed Only Lovers Left Alive. While much more experimental and “otherworldly,” that film has a similar entrancing yet undefined component to it. I’m not yet convinced this director is one I appreciate but I respect he tries doing films that are different.

Adam Driver plays Paterson, the poet by night/Bus driver by day. I had a real hard time swallowing this character. His wife dotes on him, makes special cupcakes for his lunch, and begs him to buy her a guitar. It’s all a disjointed mess if you asked me. City transit bus drivers make just above poverty level wages and yet she treats him as if he is the king with the fat bank account. Sad for her. More importantly though, she has passion while he has none. Well, he is passionate about poetry but not much more.

FINAL THOUGHTS
No one can wow me with William Carlos Williams references. My MA is in literature. I had many classes on modern poets and wrote many papers. Perhaps that’s why this all seemed very contrived to me. I like bringing the great poets back but the way Jarmusch┬ádid it here was droll and gauche. This is one where I have to part ways with the big critics who appear to love this film. I give it:

6/10

Author: Damien Riley

Hopelessly devoted to movies from way back when I first saw "Pete's Dragon." In 1977, it sealed the deal when I saw "Star Wars." I write about the movies I see, whether I like them or not. Sometimes I like them more than words can express! Thanks for checking out my movie reviews!

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