Paterson is the absolute truth that critics are just messing with us. As a certain unnamed politician questions the accuracy of polling, this Rotten Tomatoes score causes me to question the ability of Rotten Tomatoes to compile critics’ opinions. Surely they made a mistake! Friends don’t let friends pay for movies like this!
Paterson is a would-be poet bus driver from Paterson, New Jersey married to a free spirit artist who likes black and white. Like Seinfeld, it is a show about nothing. One critic used the word “mundane”
but it is even less than that. The highlight of the movie was Passaic Falls but you can only watch a waterfall for so long. I have never been to Paterson and this movie would not cause me to visit. Really, the only other memorable part of the movie is the dog pushing over a mailbox. Pretty exciting stuff, huh?
After seeing Adam Driver in a small role in Silence, I was looking forward to his performance. Let me tell you, he knows how to play a nice, sweet, dull bus driver. He nailed it! But no one wants to see a dull bus driver. Golshifteh Farani is also sweet as a slightly wacky cupcake maker but what was the point?
If you want to expose yourself to complete and utter boredom, I suggest you wait to see this on Amazon. Apparently Amazon Studios had something to do with this fiasco.
On the positive side, the Esquire Theatre is close to a favorite restaurant of ours when in the Clifton area. Biagio’s Bistro, introduced to us by Neal and Barbara Bronson, is only a few doors down from the theater. Bon appetit!