Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, he writes poetry into a notebook; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer; he goes home to his wife, Laura. By contrast, Laura's world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily. The film quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.
On one hand, this is a lovely cyclical piece of art — a celebration of the infinite and sometimes infinitesimal beauties of daily life. And as such, it’s some of writer/director Jarmusch’s better work.
Everyone fits quietly and snugly into place and someone else's life quickly comes to feel famiiar and comfortable. I liked Paterson, his joyful wife, their bulldog and their little house with its tilting mailbox.
And I loved Paterson’s poems.
On the other, the same properties that give the film its poetry render it repetitive. I’m pretty patient with movies, but it seems to me the same message might have been sent in under an hour. “Paterson” lasts for close to two. After a while I stopped sharing in the serenity. In fact, the film made me anxious that something was going to come along and ripple the surface. And indeed it does — though in the same placid way. By then, the movie badly needed a bump.
But it’s in recovering from that bump that Jarmusch runs into trouble. I simply didn’t believe the last scene. Our poet/bus driver gets exactly what he needs at exactly the right time from a stranger in a city park. Jarmusch does his best to cloak the scene in the same ethos as the rest of the film. But it’s too easy, it’s mildly “magical” and it doesn’t follow from what came before — a violation of the movie’s methodical spirit.
If you read all the "one star" reviews..they do tell the truth to some degree. However if your maturity level is to only consume materiel that is appealing to all the senses at once and you have no idea what an original thought is. This may be above you ability to understand. I thought is was thoughtful inspiring and interesting. It showed what true love looks like. How life can be simple and full with out the constant distractions of constant stimulation. It was an inviting invitation to slow down.