Kylo Ren comes to the light side in simplistic, yet riveting ‘Paterson’

It’s unheard of for a Knight of Ren to reject the ways of the dark side. It’s even stranger when that same apprentice joins the light side to pursue a role in a film stock-full of happiness and normal life. Who would the culprit be? Kylo Ren.

Being a moody bad guy, Ren surprisingly drives well into the role of Paterson in Amazon Studio’s Paterson. No pun intended. OK, pun fully intended. Adam Driver, who came to fame as Kylo Ren in the 2015 blockbuster Star Wars: Episode VII- The Force Awakens, displays a brand new side to his acting regiment in this refreshing new film.

A more simplistic approach

Directed and written by Jim Jarmusch, Paterson follows a week in the life of a poet-writing bus driver, Paterson, who ironically lives in a town by the same name: Paterson, New Jersey. Trust me, it is as simple as I make it out to be.

Here’s a view of downtown Paterson (in real life!)

Paterson uses its plot to display a common thing anyone on Earth could relate to: daily life. As an audience, we see Paterson go through his daily routine. Being a talented poet, Paterson writes poems that guide the story along. This fresh concept acts as a shepherd for the film’s plot and progression.

Paterson is as simple a man as the plot that he happens to be embedded in. He owns no phone, computer or any technology of that sort, yet his wife Laura has so many dreams and ambitions. This juxtaposition between husband and wife creates an interesting arc throughout the film’s progress.

Their relationship makes this film. It shows true love and romance, and paints a bigger picture for the story: “it sometimes takes a leap of faith to make one’s dreams come true.” As a man of many dreams, this theme hit home in my own heart.

A dream you’d hate waking from

Plot isn’t the only driver of this film. Paterson contains beautiful cinematography, writing, and performances that left me speechless.

The tremendous acting in this film seems so real that you could almost touch it. I found myself so invested in to each character. No movie had truly done that for me since I first saw Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and considering that is my favorite movie of all time, Jarmusch did something well here!

Not only this, but Paterson also displays a very low-key but effective style of humor that made my sides sore for a few hours afterward. It was refreshing to see a film take a casual approach at the very dry humor of real life. Often, I feel that movies try way too hard to plug in jokes where they shouldn’t be, and Paterson did just the opposite of that.

The verdict

As my roommate Parker put it, “Paterson is one of those films where I could sit there and watch for hours on end and not get bored by it.” I couldn’t have agreed with him more.

Paterson is phenomenal. It’s undoubtedly one of my favorite new films and the best movie I have seen in 2017. Even if you may be someone who needs lots of twists and turns, punches and explosions in your movies, check this one out. It is well worth your time and money, and it deserves it!

Kylo Ren definitely should consider being a full-time actor after this one. And who knows? With this new display of personality from Kylo Ren in Paterson, maybe we can expect a change of heart in Star Wars Episode VIII.

Being my first blog post, I know I have much to improve on and add to the table. How can I make the blog better? Feel free to leave a comment! I’d love to hear your opinions. – Mason