Paterson (Adam Driver) is a grown adult male who makes his living driving a city bus in Paterson, New Jersey. He lives a plain life and follows the same routine everyday. He overhears conversations on the bus and writes poems in his spare time. He walks his dog to the local pub every night for a beer before starting it all over the next day. He has a loving wife (Golshifteh Farahani) who changes her dreams and desires every day. She makes her own clothes, decorates the house her own way, and wants to learn the arts. This is the story of his life.
Holy crap is this movie boring! It just might be the most boring movie I’ve ever seen. We literally watch this guy live his boring life day after day. He writes bad poems that aren’t really even poems! They are sentences as if he is talking to someone. He tells us about the kind of matches he likes. Who flipping cares!?!?! Not only that, but we have to hear these poems more than once! The first 30 minutes of this movie felt like 2 hours! I don’t care what the critics are saying, but this isn’t Adam Driver giving a “great performance,” unless the performance is of a brick wall. I can just imagine the casting call now. “Excuse me Mr. Kylo Ren, we have a new movie for you to be in. You will be playing a brick wall. Please come with no emotions at all. Thank you!”
Apparently director Jim Jarmusch’s other movies (Broken Flowers, Only Lovers Left Alive, Ghost Dog) are known for their deep philosophical meanings and Paterson is full of things to ponder, but for the common person needing to be entertained, this movie will not help you escape from your own life for 2 hours. This movie will put you to sleep! It is uneventful and definitely not memorable. I don’t know anyone who would watch this movie and enjoy the experience. I can’t recommend it and I want my 2 hours back. Co-starring Rizwan Manji, William Jackson Harper, and Barry Shabaka Henley.
3/10 Stars – This movie is flat out boring and uneventful. I don’t know who can sit through this slog.