Feb 23rd
06:24 pm
'Paperboy' NYC Screening Responses  
So February 13th there was a screening of The Paperboy in NYC. Two people discussed it, one on imdb and one on twitter. Both are kind of atypical, if that makes any sense once you read them. Overall, there are still really too few responses to get a broad idea of how it will go over so I don't really have any great insights as to what should be gleaned from this right now. In other words, don't get too pumped or too anxious about anything. But I do think it is good that both people seemed to enjoy it. There is another screening soon and hopefully we'll get more details from that.

Sources: imdb and twitter.

ETA: Realized I should point out that there are spoilers here.

IMDB Part 1

SHOOT! Don't wanna say too much about this flick yet but

1) Just leave your preconceived notions of Zac Efron, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, John Cusack, (and even Macy Gray to a certain extent) as actors and actresses at the door before seeing this movie . David Oyelowo's character is a PIP. You might wanna chill on seeing Lee Daniels as THAT PRECIOUS DIRECTOR as well. This is a different type of flick.

2) The "N" word gets uttered a few times for those sensitive to that.

3) Zac Efron is filmed quite gorgeously in this. His physical beauty is definitely emphasized and he has numerous shirtless scenes but , yes, he DOES act in this and I found he managed to blend his own just post teenybopper phase to the character quite well.

4) Health doses of sex, sometimes coupled with violence are in this flick. In fact a wide spectrum of sexual situations are explored, few of them unfortunately are healthy. I mean, practically not one of the main characters is spared in this area

5) Nicole Kidman dances with Zac Efron

6) No synopsis will do this film justice. How the camera tells the story is probably even more important than a plot outline. Feelings and emotions are rendered almost tactile by the imagery in this though some may find themselves driven to distraction by some of the camera tricks

7) Folks die

8) Macy Gray's character is the down to earth, grounded one

9) Gator slaughtering is shown quite graphically

IMDB Part 2

Kidman's character has developed some sorta infatuation or misguided love for John Cusak's character, whose in jail. Actually their first meeting features a memorable scene that may well put Meg Ryan's in When Harry Met Sally to shame. Efron's character seems to have developed a misguided love of his own for Kidman's character, but you have more empathy and sympathy for the latter budding relationship.

Matthew's character is too interesting not to let you see for yourselves but he is a little sexually twisted. Yardley is another character with a few secrets tucked under his belt that may give you room for pause. Macy Gray is a Black maid dealing with this crazy family she's been taking care of for umpteen years and the underlying racism that sometimes rears its ugly head therein.She remains well grounded throughout.

I can say the movie is funny in a weird way in that events happen in the course of the investigation that almost completely obliterate any reason for having one in the first place.

IMDB Part 3

1. Which actor gave the best performance? How would you rank their performances?

A) I think Zac Efron was damn near perfect to cast in his role. First off, he his simply beautiful in this and if Alex Pettyfer was considered for the role, I can only assume this is an important aspect of the character. At any rate, Zac had the face and bod to be a handsome young former swimmer but something in him makes him able to play someone still unsure on his feet, a bit of a dreamer, and one given in to his emotions. He is safely sexy. I think Alex would have put too much smolder on it, too much of a worldly sense of things, he would have given Kidman TOO much of a run for her money. Zac is more immediate and more of a bundle of energy, stuff is churning away inside of him that he doesn't always know quite how to express. He embodied a spirit I readily related to and a specific time in the development of a life I think most males could relate to, just right on the precipice of being a man and walking thru the labyrinth of love and/or passion.

B) Matthew's character has some pathos. He is sexually self destructive and lives life a little TOO dangerously sometimes. He wears a facade of being Joe Cool living on the edge and enjoying the rush and being jaded to it all but he has some serious unresolved issues he stubbornly refuses to work thru and unsuccessfully tries to bury instead. His role finds him in some uncomfortable situations which I can appreciate as a filmwatcher and I think he does a good job

C) David Oyelowo's character has an enigmatic edge to him, the Black British dapper who can afford to be a bit "uppity". He seems easily offended and proper and you wanna like his unique attitude against the backdrop of racism within the town. When his dark side comes to light though, watch out...he ain't taking no prisoners. He reveals much to chew on and you will definitely feel different about him by movie's end

D) Hmmm, Nicole Kidman..perhaps traces of TO DIE FOR or THE HUMAN STAIN here. She dirties up a little here and her character tries to appear more classy than the actuality sometimes. I am not quite sure why she latches onto John Cusack's character but the two start off a hoot. I like her relationship to Zac's character which goes into familiar dynamics with bittersweet results (perhaps more bitter than sweet). Her character though rarely shows a nakedly honest moment,though

E) John's character has me at a disadvantage for I do not know how menacing he is supposed to appear to be. I like him more clean cut and everydayman personally but his first appearance did elicit murmurs of "that's john cusack?". He's kinda hard to figure out. Sometimes he is comically dastardly, so over the top as to loose any edginess, then othertimes he is coldly ruthless. In a way he is a bundle of energy and emotions like Zac but the way he expresses it is much more sinister.

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(Elle)bond_girl on February 24th, 2012 01:46 am (UTC)
It sounds like Zac had good chemistry with Nicole, at the very least.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on February 24th, 2012 01:56 am (UTC)
The IMDB comments are nice, I guess the twitter comments are nice too.
I just hope this movie gets a release date soon.

Anyone who has read the book knows there's going to be a good amount of sexual stuff in the movie.

Edited at 2012-02-24 02:33 am (UTC)
what in the worldpolly_amore11 on February 24th, 2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
yeah, i really like the imdb comments. not only do i like what im hearing... i so appreciate when someone can express themselves so..so..with such... well, you know!
;)
wow...i seriously cannot wait to see this movie!!! must read the book again
wish they'd have a screening of this around here! couple wks ago they had the 'I am bruce lee'
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on February 24th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
It makes me smile when I hear people say, "Zac can act" or "Zac is perfect for this role" or things like that. Especially coming from someone who is so articulate, and not just liking Zac because he is hot.

& Me neither.
Bee: Zac – Leno - b/w - touching hair - smilijeezbee on February 24th, 2012 01:58 am (UTC)
Yeah, I couldn't get a useful read on either reviewer, esp not the twitter guy. He was kind of weird.

I also think that esp the latter was expecting something totally different and might not be the typical audience for that movie either.

Hopefully we will get more feedback. The only thing I got from both of them is the fact that it is probably not mainstream (as expected, not that this is in any way negative) and not an easy topic/watch.

Edited at 2012-02-24 02:01 am (UTC)
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on February 24th, 2012 02:10 am (UTC)
He embodied a spirit I readily related to and a specific time in the development of a life I think most males could relate to, just right on the precipice of being a man and walking thru the labyrinth of love and/or passion.

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lilly4848lilly4848 on February 24th, 2012 03:03 am (UTC)
Why can't I live in a place where they do screenings? WHY WHY WHY WHY? 
The Writers Denmusewriter on February 24th, 2012 04:14 am (UTC)
I will admit I am nervous for this. Mainly because I did not like Precious (doesn't help when you have to analyze the heck out of it for grad school classes), but like the one reviewer said I guess I need to put Precious and the fact that it's a Lee Daniels film out of my head. It is nice to see people responding positively to Zac and his performance though.
countessm3countessm3 on February 24th, 2012 12:19 pm (UTC)
Zac in his underwear the whole time? Sounds like a great movie! lol.

I'm wonderin if there's some BDSM in this film, because the first reviewer seemed disconcerted by the amounts of "unhealthy" sex, which he catagorized as violence. So, I'm expecting Matthew to have an assortment of leather products, chains, handcuffs and interesting looking furniture in his apartment. And since he's twisted, maybe safe words don't work on him.

It would be kinda hot if Matt and Zac tied each other up, but that would be an entirely different category of film...
lilly4848lilly4848 on February 24th, 2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
"Zac in his underwear the whole time? Sounds like a great movie! lol."

That doesn't sound like something you'd say. I expected something along the lines of, "would rather have him OUT of his underwear."
countessm3countessm3 on February 25th, 2012 12:41 am (UTC)
Excellent point, Lily. I guess I can't catch em all...(-;
kleth on February 24th, 2012 03:45 pm (UTC)
"Zac Efron is filmed quite gorgeously in this. His physical beauty is definitely emphasized and he has numerous shirtless scenes....
Healthy doses of sex, sometimes coupled with violence"

Sounds like a good flick to me (but I'm a little concerned by that "healthy" remark; how much sex is healthy sex?

Is the gender of the reviewer indicated? Most guys don't acknowledge the beauty aspect without some degree of hostility or at least some nervous squirming - makes 'em a little anxious, y'know?
countessm3countessm3 on February 25th, 2012 12:32 am (UTC)
Eh, I was looking at this line: "In fact a wide spectrum of sexual situations are explored, few of them unfortunately are healthy."

Maybe the reviewer is gay, kinda like the Twitter dude.

kleth on February 24th, 2012 03:49 pm (UTC)
"Zac's Southern accent needs a lot of work"

This may be a problem. I have this sneaking suspicion that Zac's can't do accents well, a requirement if he wants to compete with masters such as Gary Oldman and Christian Bale.
countessm3countessm3 on February 25th, 2012 12:39 am (UTC)
There are a variety of Southern accents just as there are a variety or Northern accents. For instance, Alabamian accents are very different than the Cajun accents in Louisiana, and both differ dramatically from a North Carolinian accent found near Hatteras, which is Creole inspired, or a place called Guinea in Virginia, which is an abberation of the Cajun accent in NOLA.
Also, there are many people who have lived in the South all their lives and yet distinctly lack such an accent (moi.) So, I'm going to have to see the movie to be able to judge.
lilly4848lilly4848 on February 25th, 2012 04:56 am (UTC)
Moi too, probably because my family is from Chicago and I've spent so much time with them. Plus, I refuse to say YA'LL.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on February 25th, 2012 05:07 am (UTC)
Speaking for people in Alabama, most people here don't think of themselves as having a distinct "accent".
lilly4848lilly4848 on February 25th, 2012 07:42 pm (UTC)
We all have accents. Southern, NY-NJ, Boston, Midwestern, etc. And as countessm3 mentioned, there are some very distinctive southern accents. Personally, I have difficulty understanding them sometimes.
zacefronfan26 on February 24th, 2012 08:24 pm (UTC)
After reading all the Reviews I'm Really Hoping that the Movie gets a US Distributor and a Release date. So Happy to hear that people are liking Zac's Acting.
Terry MontgomeryTerry Montgomery on February 25th, 2012 01:27 am (UTC)
i agree.even though am kinda nervous about this movie for obvious reasons. LOL
VanessaZEIF_EfronItaly on February 25th, 2012 03:23 pm (UTC)
Sorry,you can help me?I'm trying to translate this intersting thing about the paperboy in italian,but I don't understand this sentence in the final part :)

'I think Alex would have put too much smolder on it, too much of a worldly sense of things he would have given Kidman too much of a run for her money'

Can you tell me it with other words?I'm freaking out!xD
kleth on February 25th, 2012 04:51 pm (UTC)
I think that the point of the sentence is, that Alex would have seemed too sexy, not innocent enough compared to Kidman's character. The key lies in the sentence before your problem sentence: "something in him [Zac] makes him able to play someone still unsure on his feet... He is safely sexy."

In paraphrase: "I think Alex would have been too intensely sexual, too worldly and too sure of himself, and he would have competed with Kidman in sexual impact."
VanessaZEIF_EfronItaly on February 25th, 2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks *_* Now it's clear!:)
kleth on February 25th, 2012 10:05 pm (UTC)
there's a second report from this screening on IMDb (also posted under an existing, non-appropriate thread title):

"The film was a very early rough cut (a lot of music needs to be put in, some parts were out of focus and hard to hear etc.) Fortunately Lee Daniels and crew have 8 months time to tighten things up because the potential for a great movie is there. The acting was amazing. John Cusak and especially Nicole Kidman were great. I was a part of the focus group at the end and most people felt Nicole gave the film's best performance. However I also thought Matt McCounaghey was amazing. he didn't stray far from his dramatic comfort zone (lawyers, attourney's etc.) but had some of the film's most devastating and emotionally arresting moments towards the end and was much better than I was expecting. He also had some quiet affecting moments with Zac; they had a believable brother rapport and the chemistry was spot on. What I didn't like was some of the pacing particilarly in the middle and the rushed, glossed-over ending. Too much was implied instead of shown and I don't the ending was as powerful as it could've been because of this. Also Zac Efron while not terrible, was a bit bland in parts and underacted in some of the film's most crucial moments."