Written September 19, 2014
Man, what a ride this was. I liken it to a square. You're going along in a straight line, you think you know what the story is and where it's going, then all the sudden BAM!! 90 degree turn, now we are going down a different road. You start to get a handle on things, you get comfortable again, "ok, two stories in one I get it", still not sure if you like either one all that much, then all the sudden BAM!! 90 degree turn again! Now you are expecting the unexpected, they aren't going to hit you again, but you know you gotta get back to where you started right? BAM! One final turn to take you to the home stretch, suddenly you're not in the theater anymore, your in Schenectady, NY, and you're just looking around, wondering what they'll bring you next.
I know it's probably not for everybody, it gets tough to follow at times and you may get mad at it once in a while. At the end of the day though you were very entertained, that's how it was for me at least.......
Written April 14, 2013
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 April 11, 2013
A tale of fathers and one act of justice that can change everything, leaving up a legacy of sins, and confusions about what's right and wrong anymore.
EXCELLENT storytelling (very unexpected, that I can guarantee you). Pacing is a bit off. 20 mins cut off might have made it worth owning in my collection.
Written October 20, 2014
I guess this one was originally written to be a mini-series, because it is a multi-generational look at the relationship between fathers and sons. But stuck into a 2 hour + format it is far too long for an average movie and the editing/script really don't do any of the stories justice. The advertising is deceptive. Ray Liotta isn't a co-star - he has maybe 2 or 3 brief scenes. And Ryan Gosling disappears after the first 1/3 of the film, just about the time Bradley Cooper appears. The story takes place over nearly 2 decades, but the people barely age. There is almost nothing worth while in this film.
Written April 14, 2013
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+