Written August 02, 2015
This film illustrates a story of a father and son over a span of 2 generations. Although it was a long feature, the directors/writers did really well with tying the story line together. The story is about a fathers and sons, as well as their trans-generational connection. I enjoyed this film a lot because Mendes, Gosling and Cooper (main characters) played each role so well! Just hang on until the end and you the film gives you proper closure!! A+!
Written August 03, 2015
An amazing film with breathtaking scenes. Surprising twists, parallels, and you will leave thinking of it for days. It sticks to your bones. This is not Hollywood, it's Schenectady. Gritty, ugly, and heroless. Not for the frou frous, but so well developed and shot, it's worth the pause.
Written February 12, 2016
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.
Written August 04, 2015
The flaws in this movie are forgivable because the overall entertainment value is so profound. It is a movie for those of us who love watching great themes unfold. The elements for that include a meaningful plot, characters we can care about, and stunning visuals. Wow. The Place Beyond the Pines delivers. The cameral obviously loves Ryan Gosling. He looks incredible from any angle. The opening shot is terrific, and the cycle scenes are breath-taking. He and the "son" bookend this story beautifully. Cooper and the actor playing his "son" were a bit too unsympathetic to me to care what happened to them in the end.
I can understand the negative reviews: it's hard to sit still and watch a story when you accustom yourselves to thinking deafening noise levels are indicative of a movie's worth.
Written November 29, 2015
When I saw the trailer, I thought "ok, maybe, looks like one to see." I had the chance to watch "The Place Beyond the Pines" last night; and I'm glad I did! Very interesting story, with believable characters, in believable situations! Actions can have consequences, either good or bad, and it can affect others, now or later. I want to talk about this in more detail - but don't want to spoil anything to those deciding weather to see this film. So, I'll leave it to that. I went to a smaller cinema in a smaller auditorium to see it; and wow, it was filled with people!