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.
Not as weirdly wonderful as some older Jasrmusch films, but his story telling has matured with age and so I think this was probably his best creation yet. If you are afraid you will hate this movie, you may note there are lots of one-star reviews, people who said it is just slow and boring. I liked visual poetry and subtle films when I was young, so I don't chalk it up to youth – and instead think it may just be a taste thing. Clearly, this film is not for everyone but if you like visual storytelling, quiet films, the kind of magic that is revealed in the mundane every day, and are ready for a perfectly made film, you will be pleased. Jim Jarmusch delivers yet again.
Paterson beautifully captured the essence of normality. Although the shots are of everyday things, the stunning camera work mesmerizes the viewer. Where the movie lacks in solid plot advancement, it makes up for with its realness and sincerity of its storytelling. This movie is not for the fast paced nor impatient movie viewers, the audience is required to be okay with little action. In my opinion, great story telling for a calm cinematic experience.