the paperboy is campy, violent, raunchy, saturated in hot pink and draped in polyester-with just the right amount of racism and liquid eyeliner. you people need to get your head out of your butts. complaining about the direction of a story like this is equivalent to bitching about pink flamingos.
Lee Daniels is relentless in his transmission of sensory excess. He guides his talented ensemble through sexual mania, mud and humidity. Nicole Kidman's performance is the stand-out; a masterfully volatile balancing act between eroticism, pathos, and tragic vulnerability. This is a messy and peerless film noir whose pulp only adds to its effectiveness.
I thought the film was engaging, despite its convoluted story structure and inconsistent narration.
The look and feel of the film was fantastic--handheld, visceral, raw, grainy. I felt the heat of the South in the image. Sticky.
Macy Gray is a phenomenal actress. I like the direction McConaughey's career is going. And Nicole Kidman still has sex appeal even after all these years.
It has it's moments, but this film shows that Lee Daniel's has no eye and no command. He does have a strong sense of vision and a few times he made his ideas work, but for the most part it was sloppy, poorly edited and mixed and acted. Though Kidman and Cusack get points for this one.