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.
I love Jim Jarmusch, and I love this film. The acting is wonderful--Adam Driver is a great choice for the role--he has an endearingly awkward, "everyman" quality about him. I can't help but be reminded of Hemingway's prose: deliberate, sparse, and beautiful.
What is your life? What do you do? What do you think of day after day? "Paterson" lovingly and respectfully tells the story of a bus driver named Paterson who lives and works in Paterson, NJ. He is a secret poet, an observer who floats on a cloud as he drives. His life may seem routine, but he has filled it with art, beauty and love. The beauty even encompasses the city, whose best days may be behind it. Nevertheless, sunshine on a brick wall of a closed factory building can turn the mundane into a masterpiece. In the literary world, Paterson is famous as the city in which the poet William Carlos Williams practiced medicine. And although Williams may not be as famous as Lou Costello, he is our hero's hero. One more point: In Paterson's eyes, people are precious -- every single one of us. Dogs are special, too. This is not a film with much action, unless you consider the act of creation -- in this case, the placing of one word after another -- exciting, which many of us do.
The character of Laura, Adam Driver's wife in the movie, is a male fantasy. She's unrealistically beautiful for the part she plays, and she treats her husband with an upbeat subservience that rings false. That was annoying. I stopped watching this movie in the middle, then returned to it. I almost gave up before the end, then didn't. Unlike some reviewers, I really liked the ending. I think the movie needed that ending. And I do like the part that poetry plays, and the way that is handled. For that reason (the poetry at the heart of the film), somehow I ended up feeling favorably disposed toward this movie despite its plodding cleverness.
pacing and storyline are really bad. it's the kind of film you hope will redeem itself, but it doesn't. despite good actors, casting them as a couple doesn't work and while reviewers have lavished praise on the film, I found its treatment of "the mundane" -- i.e., life -- boring. the best scenes are when Driver is on the bus, and he's listening to other people talk.