Cerebus, this isn't a bloody horror film or shit ain't blowing up... what are you doing seeing this kinda shit? Well, I love me some Nicole Kidman. Loved her since the first time I laid eyes on her in Dead Calm with Sam Neill and Billy Zane. Love her... love her work.
Yes. This is the film Nicole Kidman pees on Zac Efron. Go ahead, let that sink into your head...
Okay that's over with, on to the review. The Paperboy centers around Jack Jansen (Zac Efron), a young man recently thrown out of college and just living at home in rural Florida whose brother (Matthew McConaughey) comes home to write a story about a death row inmate (John Cusack), who may be innocent. Chaos and drama ensue to a point where shit gets real nasty and more people end up dead. I'm not giving the whole story away because it's really good and I'd rather you see it for yourself.
First, I didn't even know Macy Gray was an actress now. As annoying as her voice is, I can't imagine her getting a lot of roles. Here, however, she was good. I could see her characters frustration of everything having to deal with that family. I'd like to see more from her. John Cusack should get a second wind out of his career by playing dark characters. He's fucking creepy as hell here. Matthew McConaughey is totally great here as well. He can be iffy sometimes, just phoning it in, but he certainly earns the paycheck. The two leads, however, completely own this film. This is the best I've see from Nicole Kidman since To Die For way back in 1995. Zac Efron is the one who surprised me the most. Annoying kid from the High School Musical movies really grabbed me here. He really sucked me (lol) into his character, I'm not ashamed to admit this, made me cry a little near the end of the film. Almost twice!
Director/writer Lee Daniels' script is a little (SORRY!) murky (...cause there's a swamp.) but the characters pull it all together like a ball made of rubber bands. There didn't seem to be a wasted minute of screen time here. Virtually everything you see up there has a reason to bee there. Yes, even the golden shower scene, which wasn't done in a sexual way in the least. And I'm kinda glad for that. Yes I am.
Overall, I thought this was a fantastic film, worthy of some love come awards time. I was so glued to the film that I didn't even finish my small popcorn and large Sprite. I almost always finish the popcorn about half way through a film and think I forgot it was even there. That's how into this movie I was. Best film this year, best film I've seen in a long time, drama wise anyway. Rating = A++, Two thumbs and the rest of my hands, the feet too. This was incredible. See it if you get the chance.
(edited by Cerebus on 6.10.12 0341) Forget it Josh... it's Cerebustown.
Worked on quite a few highly acclaimed TV series, including Homicide: Life on the Street, The Wire, NYPD Blue, ER, etc. TV writer David Mills dies in New Orleans (washingtonpost.com) Apparently, it was a brain aneurysm.