Written May 25, 2016
The movie was only moderately interesting to me. While it had a cast of gifted actors, the director did not seem to get much out of them. Two standouts were Ben Mendelsohn and Emory Cohen in supporting roles as a well-meaning auto repairman and a drug-obsessed high school bully, respectively, although it defied any credulity to think that the twenty three year old Cohen, often sporting a heavy five o'clock shadow, was young enough to still be in high school.
The other problem was that the story line did not seem all that interesting. Alienation and dysfunction between fathers and sons? So what? Even this was not really explored in any interesting detail.
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!
Written February 14, 2016
It was quite long and although had a good story/premise, was too far fetched for me. Movie also felt like I was watching one movie the first hour and another movie the second hour. Was ok to see once but I wouldn't see it again.
Written May 28, 2016
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 October 07, 2015
It was worth seeing. It was a little different side of Ryan Gosling than I've seen in other movies.