I saw “Paper Mask” (1990, Paul McGann stars) a little while ago and thought I should write a little blurb about it.
First time in a while I’ve been genuinely surprised by a film. I didn’t read anything about it, I just knew the premise - man steals a doctor’s identity, gets into a relationship with a nurse. I was expecting something of a romantic comedy.
It started out a bit dark but then things got a bit cuddly. I thought “okay, this guy is pretending to be a doctor… Little uncomfortable, but d'aw Paul McGann”. The movie seemed to be taking that simple route - guy steals someone’s identity, gets the girl, hilarity ensues, but then shit got real.
Which was nice, actually.
I like it when a film surprises me, and Paul McGann was pretty great - I don’t think I’ll ever listen to “The Great Pretender” song the same way ever again.
So, if you like Paul McGann’s work and you like good, creepy surprises, I suggest watching this movie.