The Paperboy (DVD + Digital Copy)
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THE PAPERBOY is not a pleasant film to watch and kind of leaves you wondering what purpose the movie serves.
Nicole Kidman, nominated for a Golden Globe, dominates the film in a searing performance unlike anything she's done before. I was surprised by teen heartthrob Zac Efron's mature performance. Macy Gray is enjoyable as the film's most likeable character, the sensitive maid Anita. Matthew McConnaughey had a busy 2012, and plays against type as Efron's gay brother working to prove John Cusack's innocence,. Cusack is very effective, also in a non-characteristic role. David (I can't spell his last name!!) does well as the smarmy and deceitful boyfriend of Matthew.
THE PAPERBOY is a Southern "Gothic"---often plodding and occasionally repulsive. It's not a movie I'd watch again.
This film, like so many great films, doesn't have a genre, so if the fact that it doesn't fit into some preconceived notion of a specific type of film upsets you, you are not going to understand this film. It is mostly a character study of all the motives, predjudices, obsessions, and secrets that each character in the film carries around with them. Each of the actors is outstanding, and it is a tribute to Lee Daniels that he was able to get such great performances from these actors in roles that had to be extremely challenging for them.
I predict that in time, this film will come to be viewed as the masterpiece that it is.
The reviews also failed to mention that the film also tends to relieve itself on the audience, resulting in a disgusting, smelly mess of narrative, hopelessly deficient storytelling and some of these actors' worst performances to date.
THE PAPERBOY takes place in the late 1960's in rural Florida. A racist sheriff is killed, and imprisoned and to be executed for the crime is Hillary Van Wetter (Cusack), a volatile backwater scumbag. Crusading reporters Wade (McConaughey) and Yardley (Oyelowo) visit Wade's hometown where his father (Scott Glenn), his younger brother Jack (Efron) and father's maid Anita (Gray) live to open their own investigation into the murderer to hopefully get Hillary acquitted for a crime he seems to be wrongly convicted of. Along for the ride is the seemingly professional and hyper-sexual prisoner pen-pal Charlotte (Kidman), who professes her love for Hillary in a series of letters.Read more ›
Once it settled down in the over lapping talk department it was a very entertaining movie with lot's of strange and interesting characters,Trust me when I say no subject matter were off limits and I'm surprised it only got an R rating.
Nicole Kidman was good as the Ditzy, prisoner obsessed,over sexed 'Charlotte Bless' and so were the rest of the characters.Matthew McConaughey was bold in his portrayal of 'Ward Jansen' The oldest son of the southern Jansen family.
Ward's Little brother'Jack Jansen' is played by the very grown up looking and handsome Zac Efron who falls in love with Charlotte even though he sees her do some very over the top unladylike things especially for 1969 as this is the time period the film is set.
The surprise for me was 'Macy Gray' as the Jansen's housekeeper Anita who narrates the film and also has a special bond with Jack.She was great and overlooked in the award nominations. John Cusack is barley recognizable as the sweaty greasy 'Hillary Van Wetter' whom Charlotte is in love with,there's a lot of swamp action and other uncomfortable situations that will have your jaw dropping.I enjoyed it and applaud it's boldness even though it could leave you somewhat depressed.
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This was a good film. A little slow in the beginning. But it did pick up and turned out to be a good picture. All the actors were great especially Ms. Kidman as the town trash. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
What were they thinking when they made this move???? Terrible.Published 9 days ago by Alan E Lofdahl
Although famous movie critics have dismissed this film as "a hot mess," I beg to differ. It's a masterpiece, Lee Daniels at the helm, an adaptation of genius Pete Dexter's... Read morePublished 2 months ago by TashaMariaTromer
Its a ok movie but I have a lot better Mathew McConaughey movies than this one.Published 2 months ago by Trudys9210
If you ever wanted to go "Slumming", This is the "Crew" you'd go with !! Kidman-McConaughey-Oyelowo and Cusack. Efron, is just along form the ride !!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer