Written October 24, 2014
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.
Written October 27, 2014
I went to this movie because I am a Ryan Gosling fan. I like the type of movie too. The whole project was well executed. All of the actors were superb.
Written July 25, 2014
A beautiful, deep and haunting film. The complexities of life, choices, consequences, and the impact of fatherhood resonate deeply. Not fast food film, but a complex meal to digest.
Written July 26, 2014
No spoilers here. I am not going to say anything about the story, except that it was much deeper and more interesting than I expected. The story, in fact, was what moved me most about this film. There was a lot of action and suspense in this film -- I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. But it was far more than "just" an action or suspense film, because the characters were so beautifully drawn. I found myself thinking about the characters the next day -- as though they were people whom I knew in real life, wondering what they were doing now. I care about these characters. I relate to them, although they live extremely different lives than I do -- but that's part of the fascination.
The acting was incredible. Every single character was perfectly cast and did a superb job. Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes exude a smoldering raw sexuality and energy. Gosling's make-up was fascinating. Directing: brilliant. Photography: beautiful.
Take a chance and just go see this film.
Written December 25, 2014
Portrait of America, where the most calculating and ruthless among us always win. However, there are no stock characters--no good guys or bad guys, no apologists for criminals--nor are there kudos for what passes for heroism in our country--the story only shows that beneath the veneer of civilization, the tooth-and-claw struggle for dominance still reigns supreme--perhaps never more than now.
But the movie does not preach, only I am preaching here--the movie is a thrilling epic story so beautifully acted, photographed and directed, with such a fine script, that I wanted to keep watching--I was immersed and in no hurry to re-emerge. Simply wonderful.