Written December 18, 2014
Last night I thought Ryan Gosling was quite intriguing in the movie The Place Beyond the Pines. There's lots of male egotism in the movie and he heads the pack. I felt a genuine performance from him. I also felta a genuine performance from Ray Liotta who plays bad cop. The one person whose performance lacks from my perspective is Bradley Cooper. His heart did not pump the blood needed to portray a cop who was trying to do the right thing. I haven't seen Bradley Cooper onscreen for a while. But, I feel like he ignored a prime opportunity to leverage a role that I feel that he could have creatively done. I feel his performance to have not been at the level of Ray Liotta, Eva Mendes, and Ryan Gosling's. But, there performances pulled the movie up into a C+ range. Bradley's in my opinion was that bad. Its a long movie with three stories that are connected. You won't waste your money by seeing this movie. Whereas it has some very beautiful scenes. Be prepared because there are no sparks.
Written October 30, 2014
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 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.
Written December 29, 2014
Although the actors in the film do a fantastic job, I did not find it very enjoyable to watch. It seemed to drag on quite a while. In fact, when the credits rolled my fellow moviegoer to my left said "Halleluia."
I typically enjoy or find something interesting in most movies I see, unfortunately this one I could not. I often asked myself during the film what the point of the movie was. By the end, I was trying to review in my mind what the filmmaker wanted to say or what the message was, but there just didn't seem to be one.
Skip it or see it on video if you are curious.
Written December 17, 2014
Talk about movies that make no sense. There are several twists in the story - the middle part is flat out boring - and at the end logic is thrown out the window and none of the issues or questions get answered. Basically everyone screws up - and they all live happily after. That only happens if your last name is Lohan.