Written October 23, 2014
I went to this move with great expectations but certainly was NOT rewarded.
Ryan Gosling is no Ed Norton and Bradly Cooper is lame. The real
acting came from Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta who had way to small of a roll and
keep an eye on Dane DeHaan - he is a true up and coming young star.
The move had no redeeming factors unless you believe, most
American men are booze smoking drug addicted psychos who,
either wind up dead or deadbeats - raise kids that do nothing but
booze - smoke and oh yes beat each other up. WOW - I guess that's the
NEW NORMAL we are expected to 'believe!?' That's UNBELIEVABLE!
Written December 22, 2014
I really enjoyed this film, especially the acting. The story telling was fluid and quick. It is 2 hours and 20 minutes long, but it goes by quickly. It is not as good as Silver Linings Playbook, but yet it is still a pretty good movie. I give it a B+
Written December 28, 2014
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 March 27, 2015
It was worth seeing. It was a little different side of Ryan Gosling than I've seen in other movies.
Written March 29, 2015
The movie was perfectly pensive, introspective, and so sad. It shows different perspectives on how our choices shape us, and the next generation. The acting was incredible, especially Brady Cooper's performance. Wow. Not a need-to-see-at-the-theatre movie, but the music at that volume/proximity was moving. Overall a beautifully sad film.