If awards were given for nominative determinism, this film, in which Adam Driver plays a driver called Paterson living in Paterson, would clean up.
A brilliantly crafted, thoughtful film about essentially nothing. For me, this can mean the end result can vary wildly between enjoyable and torpid. This film remains comfortably in the former, thanks to Driver's magnetic performance and some subtly clever narrative devices that help to retain a sense of tension within the monotony of his everyday life.…
It's not uncommon to watch a science-fiction film that's been influenced by 2001: A Space Odyssey, but it's rare to see one that could genuinely be considered alongside it. Arrival is brave enough to forgo trailer-friendly spectacle and focus on the big ideas and emotional story at its core.
The film knocks it out of the park (or maybe just hovers ominously slightly above it) on pretty much all fronts, with particular mention given to Jóhann Jóhannsson's stunning score, which…