Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Paperboy

The Paperboy by Lee Daniels

I'm a huge Zac Efron fanboy (I loved Charlie St. Cloud and The Lucky One), so naturally when I saw the trailer for The Paperboy nearly a year ago, it instantly vaulted to the top of my Movies Bucket List. I finally watched it yesterday.

Former collegiate swimmer Jack (Zac Efron) and his reporter brother Ward (Matthew McConaughey) attempt to untangle an iffy murder case to rescue the possibly innocent but nonetheless 100% creepy Hillary van Wetter (wonderfully portrayed by John Cusack) from execution. The brothers are assisted by ambitious Englishman Yardley Acheman (David Oyelowo) and van Wetter's prison spouse slash Southern belle Charlotte Bless (a sizzling Nicole Kidman). Jack of course becomes obsessed with Charlotte. And his brother has a secret. And the newspaper business is remorseless.

I loved the funky soundtrack, the rather unusual but hugely talented cast, and the great depth of the story. The Paperboy, directed by Monster's Ball producer Lee Daniels, is a sweaty and pulpy rollercoaster ride for the entire duration of 101 minutes.

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