Reviews and Problems with The Place Beyond The Pines
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Matthew Brady, FilmCrave
17 January 2014
Summary: The story is about a daredevil motorcyclist quits his carnival job when he learns a former lover has a son - and he now has a family. In order to provide for them, he takes on a series of bank robberies, putting all his riding skills to good use. But this puts him on a crash course with an ambitious police officer looking for a quick way to rise through the ranks of his corrupt precinct.
Excerpt: Amazing film. After 2010s Blue Valentine, Derek Cianfrance again partners with Ryan Gosling on a film about the workings of the family unit, but this time he focuses on fathers in particular. The film is split into three interrelated storylines, each one so well done and excellently developed that we almost get 3 (great) films at once. At a lengthy 2hrs.
Excerpt: An epic in its own right, just spotless on all accounts. This will have an impact for fathers (as myself who just became one a year ago), kids who remember/have their old man and enjoy a brilliant picture with countless lessons to pick-up from. It is impossible not to get moved from the three stories.
Excerpt: The title of this review may seem somewhat implausible and overbearing to some, but when I think of the first time I watched The Place Beyond the Pines this year, I feel a connection. This is one of those movies that reminds me why I love going to the cinema, why a movie can be more than entertainment once in a while.
Excerpt: "The Place Beyond the Pines" stars Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper Eva Mendes, Dane DeHaan, Bruce Greenwood and Ray Liotta. Directed by Derek Cianfrance. Ryan Gosling is the motor-bike stunt rider Luke, who works in a circus. On day his former Girlfriend(Eva Mendes) shows up and tells him about their one year old son. Luke wants to take care about him and starts robbing banks. Bradley Cooper is the cop Avery Cross who keeps making bad decisions throughout his life.
Excerpt: The Place Beyond the Pines stars Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, two gifted and dynamic actors who have been doing nothing lately but impressing me by their performances. If you thought Bradley Cooper was great in Silver Linings Playbook, wait until you see him here as a hopeful cop slowly being eaten away by guilt. It takes strength and guts to pull off this role, and Cooper nails it.
Summary: 'The Place Beyond the Pines' is a powerful drama, whose story encompasses themes of fractured father/son relationships, tough life-making decisions, and forgiveness. The film is so well acted, written and directed that there felt a great sense of realism. I was completely engrossed in this world and these character's lives. There are many stingingly honest moments, some of which reminded me of my own troubles.
Excerpt: 3 films in one, this is a solid movie in virtually every aspect of film making. Great performances by everyone, particularly Gosling and Cooper. Story: A great story that spans over 15 years. Gosling is a stunt driver with a mysterious past (no, not like drive at all) and Cooper is a young new police officer with a Royal past. Their lives intermingle at some point and it is very interesting to see it unfold. Acting: Superb all around.
Summary: Spring Breakers was good, but finally we have a really really good movie in the year 2013. An unusual structure, with basically three stories told separately. The best of the year so far for me, but as an update I have Disconnect close behind in 2nd.
Excerpt: Did you see drive? Wasn’t it awesome? I absolutely loved it. It was one of the most critically acclaimed movies of 2011, and for good reason it was awesome, and epicly so. The Place beyond the Pines is sort of like a Drive remake and two spin-off movies squished into a 150 minute time slot. The first half or so is very much like Drive (with a little blue valentine thrown in for good measure) without any of the style and a fraction of the substance.