Written July 29, 2015
The Place Beyond the Pines is an extraordinary, ground breaking movie. The performances, the directing, the cinematography, the music are exceptional. It is an experience not to be missed. Go see it in a theater now and don't wait for the home release. It is a true theatrical event and deserves to be seen on the big screen.
Written October 27, 2014
I went to this movie because I am a Ryan Gosling fan. I like the type of movie too. The whole project was well executed. All of the actors were superb.
Written July 26, 2014
No spoilers here. I am not going to say anything about the story, except that it was much deeper and more interesting than I expected. The story, in fact, was what moved me most about this film. There was a lot of action and suspense in this film -- I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. But it was far more than "just" an action or suspense film, because the characters were so beautifully drawn. I found myself thinking about the characters the next day -- as though they were people whom I knew in real life, wondering what they were doing now. I care about these characters. I relate to them, although they live extremely different lives than I do -- but that's part of the fascination.
The acting was incredible. Every single character was perfectly cast and did a superb job. Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes exude a smoldering raw sexuality and energy. Gosling's make-up was fascinating. Directing: brilliant. Photography: beautiful.
Take a chance and just go see this film.
Written December 25, 2014
Portrait of America, where the most calculating and ruthless among us always win. However, there are no stock characters--no good guys or bad guys, no apologists for criminals--nor are there kudos for what passes for heroism in our country--the story only shows that beneath the veneer of civilization, the tooth-and-claw struggle for dominance still reigns supreme--perhaps never more than now.
But the movie does not preach, only I am preaching here--the movie is a thrilling epic story so beautifully acted, photographed and directed, with such a fine script, that I wanted to keep watching--I was immersed and in no hurry to re-emerge. Simply wonderful.
Written March 28, 2015
The trailers for this film imply some kind of high-tension cop movie featuring two of Hollywood's favorite leading men. It isn't. It is 180 degrees from a high-tension cop movie If you're a guy, take your date there as the camera is on both these guys for a long time (sequentially, almost never together) and that seems to satisfy the ladies. If you're a gal, please don't take a guy to this movie. He'll be doing everything he can not to check is his email.