Flash Movie Review: Paterson

IT always comes as a surprise to me when people make the assumption that an individual’s job is the ultimate definition of that person. Just this past week a co-worker and I were talking about a couple of restaurants we both enjoy. When I mentioned something about putting ketchup on my entrée they reacted with surprise. I asked them why they were shocked and they said they did not take me for a “ketchup guy. “ It was such an odd statement to me since I did not have a clue what constitutes being a “ketchup guy.” Here I come to find out because this employee knows I teach fitness, they assumed I kept a strict diet of eating only healthy foods. Well anyone who knows me knows all food types are open game for me on the weekends; it is only during the weekdays that I keep to a restricted diet.   FROM this conversation I started to think about how I have experienced this type of thinking numerous times; not only towards me but in daily conversations I have been a part of. In a way you could say it is a form of stereotyping or typecasting. An example would be a librarian; from what I have witnessed a majority of people think of librarians as quiet, reserved individuals who keep to themselves. Or accountants, the perception people have about them is they are socially awkward and quiet. I find this simply odd; it is as if a person is not allowed to have other interests that may be opposite to the perceptions people hold about a profession. It is like me saying a truck driver cannot play the violin in a local orchestra; it makes no sense. If you care to see what I am talking about then feel free to watch this dramatic, comedic film festival winner.   EVERYDAY Paterson, played by Adam Driver (Silence, Star Wars: The Force Awakens), goes to work as a bus driver then stops off to see Doc, played by Barry Shabaka (The Terminal, Miami Vice), for one drink after work before going home to his wife Laura, played by Golshifteh Farahani (Body of Lies, Exodus: Gods and Kings). The routine stays the same except when he sits down to write poetry in his notebook. Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch (Only Lovers Left Alive, Broken Flowers), this movie was done in a quiet slow pace. Maybe because I saw it on a Sunday after a hectic weekend but there were times where I was bored with the story. I thought Adam was flat in his acting, though I realized that was part of his character; however, I found the action so subtle that I could not get fully drawn into this picture. My favorite characters were Laura and Marvin the dog; they seemed to have the most life and maybe that was exactly the point. I know this film has received high praise but I have to tell you from an entertainment standpoint I was not entertained. For me, this movie would have been better seen on DVD in the comfort of my own home. That way, audience members would not have had to see this group fitness/yoga instructor fighting to keep his eyes from not shutting down into a nap.


2 stars          




About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on February 1, 2017, in Dramedy and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Paterson is my home town. Can’t wait to see this one. Even a mediocre review won’t keep me away.

  2. I really like your post. I guess people stereotype because it eases the job for them, there is also apparently an evolutionary trait to do so as it makes the world and information processing much easier for people. For example, if you see a performer you would not think – “maybe this guy is shy and the fact that he performs now on stage is a coincidence”. You know he must be confident in front of the audience.
    The funny thing about this movie is that I read so many film magazine articles saying how great it is, but I am not convinced. All I know is that Driver has a bright future ahead of him, especially after Silence.

  3. I love that film and I enjoyed it from the very first second and left the cinema touched and shaken. and crying though there is nothing to cry for … because it seems to be such a quiet movie. That never happened to me like that before. It is a still film, and for me Paterson is not at all a flat, because – for me, and perceptions can be SO different, thanks God – his vividness is like the very depth of a deep mountains lake, with a clear and smooth surface reflecting its surroundings – so his wife could send her rays and shine the more … and the dog throws the stone which causes ripples on the surface, that’s also part of life. I was never bored, and if you ask me whether I have I favorite film, It’s definitely Paterson (though I never had such a thing than one favorite film).
    I saw it in Vienna in one of the oldest cinemas, tiny, with wooden and uncomfortable seats but great atmosphere,
    I really find it very, very interesting how different perception is, and that makes me happy.
    Greetings from Vienna!

  4. I think it’s interesting but sometimes these slower paced movies are viewed much as you said because we’ve been inundated over the years with so much stimuli. People are drawn to action. To sit, study and ponder is no longer the norm.

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