A poignant, poetic look in the life of a bus driver and his hippie wife.
I'm a huge Jim Jarmusch fan. The style and substance of his stories always have a beautiful, quiet quality to them. Whether it's Johnny Depp's dying accountant in Dead Man, Forest Whitaker's mafia hitman in Ghost Dog or Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston's vampire love story in Only Lovers Left Alive – Jim's films all have some poetic theme on the surface. Paterson is no different.
Set in Paterson, New Jersey, the story is about the week in the lives of a bus driver and poet named Paterson (Adam Driver), his hippie, artistic wife Laura (Golshifteh Farahani), her dog Marvin (Nellie) and the ups and downs of daily life.
The quietly spoken Paterson, in his spare time, always writes poetry and his wife Laura, continually tells him to make copies and thinks he has potential to be a poet. Laura keeps on painting the house and always makes really exotic food, while wanting to be a musician – even though she has never played guitar before.
Paterson goes through the same routine every day, but each day brings a new variation.
This may very well be Adam Driver's best performance. If you only know him from HBO's Girls (which I've forgiven him for) and the new Star Wars movies, then you are really missing out on a star in the making, who is not afraid to take on different projects and challenges.
It's really a movie told through the eyes of Paterson. Whether he's writing poetry (watch out for the wonderful voiceover), driving the bus, walking his dog, having a beer at the local pub, listening to Laura talk about her day and exciting new things she wants to explore – you'll never be bored.
His wife Laura, played by the beautiful Golshifteh Farahani, is the extrovert of the two and always wanting to change things up – which is the exact opposite of Paterson, who seems content with his life and routine. Her hippie, caring nature can be a little too much at times but Paterson loves her for it and would do anything for her.
Every person he encounters, the bus he drives, his wife's dog, the pub he frequents, in particular, the poetry he writes, are all another character in this film. That's something Jim Jarmusch does so well, as he makes you care not only the people but the surroundings – which are just as important to the story.
As with every Jim Jarmusch film, the soundtrack makes Paterson even more special. His use of funky, upbeat songs and have it blend in perfectly with the story being told is amazing. I recommend looking the soundtrack to any Jim Jarmusch film and tell me it doesn't make you feel...groovy!!
I eagerly await Jim's next film because he can do no wrong. It's no coincidence that many actors always take the chance to work with him again – it's because he is a genius. I totally recommend Paterson. Watch this on a rainy day.