Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Paperboy

I saw a random preview of this film and internally said "Going to see that NEXT", so I did.

I enjoy where Lee Daniels takes his viewers, despite some annoying dream sequences in Precious. THE PAPERBOY, however, is not for the faint of heart or the prudish of mind.  Dark, dark Florida times with wacky, wonderful characters - a marvelous cast (meekly led by the dead-eyed Efron) and a very quirky, fresh, meaty storyline.

Oh Nicole - I've loved her dearly for a long time, the woman can act. She outshone her castmates by a few levels. Her work is, as usual, totally fearless, complex and wonderfully real.  Matthew McConaughey is his similar self, but takes some very brave turns. John Cusack is wonderfully cast and wonderfully one-note (no, I mean that!) And most surprising of all is the performance by Macy Gray. She swallowed that role whole - she was absolutely wonderful in the film.

The film ain't perfect, but it's really darn intriguing and mostly unexpected. So go see something interesting for a change.


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