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Exactly one week in the life of a young man named Paterson of Paterson, New Jersey is presented. He lives an extremely regimented and routinized life, that routine perhaps most vividly displayed by the fact that he is able to wake up at exactly the same time every day without an alarm. That life includes eating Cheerios for breakfast, walking to work carrying his brown bag lunch packed in his lunch pail by his wife Laura, having a casual chat with his colleague Donny before he begins his shift driving the #23 Paterson bus for the local public transit company, walking home where he straightens out the exterior mailbox which somehow during the day gets knocked crooked, eating dinner with Laura and listening to her goings-on of the day, taking Laura's English bulldog Marvin - who he would admit to himself he doesn't much like - out for a walk to his neighborhood bar where he has one and only one beer before walking home with Marvin. There are day to day variations which are often the ... Written by
Jim Jarmusch's films often create witty, thought-provoking dialogue with odd characters to captivate the viewer. Paterson, however, is ordinary in every way.
Paterson focuses on the ordinary, meaningless tasks of everyday life and the audience waits patiently for something to happen. It becomes painfully obvious that the overall point is in the "beauty" of seemingly ordinary instances and observations. The main flaw is this: we experience this every day and it is completely paradoxical to watch a movie based on this concept when we see these events daily. It reminds me of having to watch Groundhog Day without the protagonist growing beyond the first day.
Jarmusch's direction does not help or hinder the film, but the writing severely lacks any passion at all whatsoever. This seems intentional, but the actors painfully deliver awkward lines that do not reflect natural conversations. It actually felt like many of them were reading the script for the first time while they were on screen. Due to this, the movie pitifully plods along predictably and ends with a mild artistic, predictable message as well.
What Jim Jarmusch accomplished with Coffee and Cigarettes and Stranger Than Paradise was impressive, but this takes many, many steps back and will be forgotten by the time I watch another movie.
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