Written February 11, 2016
I have to rate this a noble failure. All three main actors: Gosling, Cooper, Mendes are typically insanely talented and charismatic. Here, however, they were wrong. I don't know if they weren't right for the parts, or chose to play them blank and "frozen", or simply bad on-screen chemistry. Their story never came alive to me. The young actors in the second half were so unlikeable, that I didn't. Like them, I mean. To summarize, the most sympathetic and interesting character in this film is Mendes character's husband. The guy who stepped in and made a family for Mendes character and baby.
Written September 28, 2016
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 August 30, 2016
Good movie with a few good twists and turns. Gosling was great and Cooper was excellent. Really shows the differences in society and how you cannot escape your past.
Written May 24, 2015
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 June 28, 2016
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.