Written April 25, 2015
Good movie with a few good twists and turns. Gosling was great and Cooper was excellent. Really shows the differences in society and how you cannot escape your past.
Written March 31, 2013
What a great film! The story has 3 distinct parts, or call them Acts, that explore two very different father-son relationships. The fathers are well played by Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper. Gosling plays a carnival motorcycle stuntman who finds out he has a son and makes an admirable attempt to become a part of his life. Unfortunately, he chooses to try his hand at bank robbery to make the money necessary to woo his ex-girlfriend. It's difficult not to care about him and his plight despite his crimes. He ultimately collides with a cop played by Bradley Cooper and the story then focuses on Cooper's character for the remainder of the film. However, such a collision has consequences and there's plenty of residual damage that gets passed on to the sons of both characters in the 3rd Act. Cooper is excellent in this role. Some of his lines were delivered with an eerie similarity to the character he portrayed in Silver Linings Playbook, but that's a positive here.
Written May 06, 2015
Not a movie for everyone. I liked it alot. First two stories are excellent. The last part, primarily the last twenty minutes did not live up to the rest of the movie which is what prevented me from giving it a must go. If you like movies like Pulp Fiction and Fargo youll probably like it. Its not as good as those movies (it could have been close with a better ending), but its worth seeing. It would be a really good movie to see stoned. If you dont like dark movies its definitely not for you.
Written May 24, 2015
This is a serious movie, not Hollywood formula, and so, perhaps not for everybody. All the actors were very good, including most surprisingly, Eve Mendes. Impressive cinematography given the somewhat grimy side of small town America that is the setting and in a way, a character in the movie.There are big themes at play here, including "sins of the father" and moral ambiguity. Are any of these characters "all bad?"
I really enjoyed this movie and my companions and I had a lot to chew on afterwards. It's certainly not a blockbuster (although there are some well done chase scenes), but well worth the price of admission.
P.S. Check out the first scene, which is all one continuous shot.
Written September 16, 2014
I have to rate this a noble failure. All three main actors: Gosling, Cooper, Mendes are typically insanely talented and charismatic. Here, however, they were wrong. I don't know if they weren't right for the parts, or chose to play them blank and "frozen", or simply bad on-screen chemistry. Their story never came alive to me. The young actors in the second half were so unlikeable, that I didn't. Like them, I mean. To summarize, the most sympathetic and interesting character in this film is Mendes character's husband. The guy who stepped in and made a family for Mendes character and baby.