Paterson is a drama directed by Jim Jarmusch and stars Golshifteh Farahani and Adam Driver. The story focuses on a week in the life of Adam Driver who plays an inspiring poet and bus driver called Paterson who lives in the city of Paterson, New Jersey in the film called Paterson (I know, extraordinary).

My Knowledge and Expectations of Paterson

I had heard a lot of good things about this film from critics who had seen earlier releases of Paterson at various film festivals throughout the year. My interest in Paterson was also increased due to the unique nature of the film’s plot. It seemed to be quite different compared to other films in cinemas at this moment and that is one of the great things about independent films like Paterson. It offers us the chance to experience intimate stories and this was my expectation going into Paterson.

Golshifteh Farahani and Adam Driver in Paterson

My Thoughts on Paterson

I have to say, I was right to think this way. I enjoyed Paterson. I wouldn’t give it the lavish praise that film critics have but I did enjoy it. This was largely down to how the film celebrated people and the normality of regular life. Truthfully, I felt like I was intruding on people’s lives, eavesdropping on their conversations (just like Paterson did while driving his bus) and I give a lot of credit to Jim Jarmusch for structuring the film in a way where we feel a real connection to the characters because they are just like us.

Adam Driver is really good in the film. He gives us a very quaint, reserved performance in a film which is quaint and reserved and it is likeable because of this. Certainly, there is no big set piece or dramatic twist in Paterson and that does mean that certain people who watch this film may find themselves to be bored. Certainly, the pacing is slow which will annoy some people. It didn’t affect my viewing of Paterson too much but it does affect the film’s re-watchability.

Masatoshi Nagase and Adam Driver and Paterson

Nevertheless, I still enjoyed Paterson for what it was. It is a unique film which celebrates ordinary life and ordinary individuals. It is well directed and Adam Driver gives a good performance. I admit that the film will frustrate some people due to its slow pacing which does limits the re-watchability of Paterson but if you go in knowing what to expect then you can enjoy it.

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