In Commonweal, Richard Alleva finds the small stuff very well.
- “The quotidian provides our bus-driving bard not only with his raw material but also with the steady emotional climate he needs in order to practice his art.”
- “The act of noticing is at the heart of both our hero’s art and the filmmaker’s method.”
- “If her husband is good at spotting variations within sameness, Laura, his complementary opposite, seems to see the same patterns in very different objects.”
- “Instead of hungering for action, you start responding to whatever Paterson notices, quirks of speech as well as visual anomalies….”
- “The other way this film avoids tedium is by showing us that, though its protagonist is a strictly no-drama guy… there is drama happening all around him.”
Previously in the blog — thoughts on Paterson. (Loved it.)