Paterson - 2 Stars
The repetitive, monotonous nature of the film is clever, but the sheer running time means that one becomes bored easily.
A quiet observation of the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.
Adam Driver is terrific, the way he underplays his character is superb. His simple mannerisms and realism is great. Golshifteh Farahani is good, but her character is so annoying that difficult to appreciate her talent. That comes down to Jim Jarmusch’s weak script.
The script is clearly supposed to represent the repetitive nature of life and that’s a really interesting topic for cinema, but it’s been done better. Jarmusch is a clever writer/director, but with his last film being three years ago it seems he’s lost a little of his touch. The music, poetry and cinematography were all cleverly developed and there are two beautiful scenes. The rest is very underwhelming (not in the way he intended though).
Overall great performances can’t save this weak offering from a legendary writer/director.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Madman Films