I had the privilege of watching the world premiere at Sundance. It's a poignant story of friendship between two men who have chosen to live a simple, uncomplicated life. At first I felt sad for these characters, who seemed to be just existing. But as the story moved along, what at first seemed mundane became a sense of comfortable routine. When faced with a terminal diagnosis for Michael, the pair embarks on a stoic journey through his final chapter. Along the way they reveal parts of themselves that were previously muted. Watching them maneuver the stages of grief, while knowing what the <more>
final outcome will be is heart wrenching. By the final scenes I was openly sobbing. The performances by Mark Duplass and Ray Romano pulled out a whole gamut of emotions. I found myself at various times laughing out loud, occasionally slightly uncomfortable, unendingly empathetic, and often sad. This is why I love movies, especially ones as beautifully made as this.
Just a wonderful little film. Terrific acting in service of a beautiful and unusual story of closeted gay love. I'm happy someone occasionally still has the audacity to pour their heart and soul into a film like this. I loved every minute of it. Thank you.
Movie of the year. (by KeyCircuits)
This is the best movie I have seen in many years, if you are willing to let go, and absorb into the story. This one made me cry, and really sticks with you.
This was so low key yet powerful (by ddicks2)
I did not know what to think about about this moving when I first saw it on Netflix. It had Ray Romano so I thought it might be good and clicked on it. Wow, not a funny, chipper afternoon watch but I was hooked by the way it was filmed and how it flowed.It did not over power the dialog with emotional music or scenery, it let you get there on your own and when the ending happened, you felt it. Both the sadness and the hope.
Simple, Yet Superb Storytelling (by kjproulx)
Whether they're original concepts, sequels to famous movies, or just simply of a forgotten classic, there's more content being made today than in any decade in history. Personally, I see this as both a negative and positive. Many viewers seem to think that originality is dead, due to the vast number of sequels and remakes in theatres, but everyone seems to give their money to those, so the original content either ends up buried at the Box Office or dropped on a streaming service like Netflix, Amazon Prime, or HULU. Paddleton is one of the most recent films to have that exact thing <more>
happen, but in this particular instance, I feel Netflix is the perfect place for it, even though I loved it. Paddleton is a great film and here's why I believe it deserves some recognition.Following two best friends in Michael Mark Duplass and Andy Ray Romano as they come to terms with the fact that Michael has been diagnosed with cancer, the two of them agree to take a road trip to retrieve the medication, that will in turn speed up the process of Michael's life coming to an end. The premise of this story is very tragic, but the chemistry between these two actors make it a very enjoyable movie at times. I'm a sucker for independent cinema that follows certain character tropes if they're done well and Paddleton is a perfect showcase of them. While this may not be the easiest film to sit through in terms of the story itself, it really is the characters that will get viewers through it.As I said, I'm a sucker for the tropes that many independent films go for and in that regard, there are a few predictable aspects to the movie as a whole; However, this is a movie that's filled with heart, friendship, comedy, and a sense of joy that a man is able to find in his final days. Mark Duplass hasn't always written home runs, but I believe he has here, along with writer/director Alex Lehmann. Their work in putting this film together, along with Duplass' stellar lead performance, was well worth my time in itself. I've always been a fan of Mark Duplass and I will continue to be until the day he retires.I wouldn't recommend watching this film for its score or visual style, because it's very simplistic in those departments. From a very limited score in general to gorilla-style filmmaking, this movie feels raw, which is probably why I liked it so much. There's something about low-budget production that feels more authentic than most movies. The way the camera follows certain characters around, makes you feel like a fly on the wall in the movie.In the end, Paddleton is one of the best movies I've seen so far in 2019, but the year is very young. The subject matter is definitely not for everyone, especially if you're in for an uplifting story, but I still highly recommend this movie to those who are up for great characters on an enjoyable journey. Aside from a few predictable story beats, I loved this movie from start to finish. Simple and to the point, this movie hardly makes a misstep.
The movie spells out its plot right in the beginning which I'll touch on. But don't worry, even if you do read spoilers, it wouldn't change the experience. The filming was great, and everything served its purpose.So right off the bat Michael Mark Duplass is diagnosed with terminal cancer, and Andy Romano , his best friend is gonna help him see it through.I knew what would happen for the rest of the film, but I wanted to watch it anyway, and see it to the end.The film was simple in many ways, but one that really captured a true male friendship. Not a lot needed to be said, but <more>
everything was said. Not a lot really happened, but a lot happened. I felt like I was watching two people who had been together their whole lives. There was excellent chemistry, with some really casually funny moments. I didn't even realize that I was seeing the film through Andy's eyes. That I was thinking what he was thinking, and by the end I was feeling sad, but ultimately I was happy that Michael got to live how he wanted to.So in summary: If you want to watch an easy film that somehow magnifies the true importance of each day with the people you truly love spending time with. Then you should watch Paddleton.
A fragment of life with the $3,500 price tag. (by myotherpetisdog)
A fragment of life. No past or future, just a fragment. Almost like a documentary. Predictable? Yes, but it still made me cry. The movie is not about what happens in the end , it is about a journey and that person who walks that last path with you with you. "Why did we have to buy this? Any 100 pills would give you the same result".
Naked Truth (by korkmazperk)
It was not easy to watch. It seemed so real. Romano was peak of his acting.
Emotional Watch (by stevenpoblete)
Predictable? Yes, but still well worth your time.Slow paced and I expected that and glad it was done that way. The story line has been done before but Romano plays a great character here. You will chuckle and you will cry, if you don't do both then you have no emotions.