Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy has been getting a lot of buzz for the nutty intensity of Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron and David Oyewolo’s performances in a deep Southern story about a group of people who work to get a man off death row, only to discover that it may not have been such a good idea:
I like the idea of a death penalty drama that feels no need to make its inmate out to be a saint, or even a particularly nice person, for its characters to believe that he should not be executed. But it seems like a high risk, high reward project. Daniels is good at bringing out wildly individual characters, but this project smothers them in a lot of chicken-fried stereotypes. It remains to see if their individual flavors will be distinguishable amidst the tropes.