The Paperboy is a film that has attracted a bit of attention, and most of it not for the right reasons. It’s had more negative press than I had imagined, but after seeing it I honestly cant see what is wrong with it. To me, The Paperboy is precisely what it intends to be; a southern scuzz-filled story that happily wallows in its own filthy sweat. Honestly, after seeing this you’ll want to have a shower.
The film itself is pretty slowly paced, but that complemented the sweltering southern feel. I mean, if it was that hot you wouldnt be rushing around either. The story is very ropey, Im not going to deny that, but it has enough to string things together. Throughout we have Anita (Macy Gray) who is the black housekeeper who narrates key points; she’s extremely good and is the glue that holds the film together.
Zac Efron is suitably dependable I cant really comment on performances to compare as I think this is the first Efron film I’ve seen. But in this I was reasonably impressed with his role. I thought his chemistry with McConaughey was one of the highlights, and I believed completely in their brotherly bond. Talking of McConaughey, its strange now that all I can say about the man is in regards to his fantastic acting. Seriously, where was this man 10 years ago? Wasting away doing terrible rom-coms it seems. I predict another decent year for the man.
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