Jim Jarmusch has a very impressive filmography, but I truly think Paterson is his most meaningful work to date. Adam Driver may have shown the world what he can do in Star Wars, but it’s films like this where he truly shines. Driver plays Paterson, a man who simply observes life and writes poems about all the little details he finds to be worthwhile. He doesn’t have a cell phone, he doesn’t really have friends, but he has his book of poems and a wife who adores him.
The film covers one week of his life and the extreme routine that Paterson never strays from. He wakes up early, goes to work, has one beer on the way home, walks his wife’s dog, and goes to bed. Paterson isn’t going to knock you out of your seat, but instead it will make you lean back and wonder what little things matter to you. What actually matters to you day to day? For Paterson, it’s just a few simple things and we can all learn from that.