The Place Beyond the Pines
If you ride like lightning you're gonna crash like thunder
A motorcycle stunt rider considers committing a crime in order to provide for his wife and child, an act that puts him on a collision course with a cop-turned-politician.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The Place Beyond the Pines opens with a sublime bareboned, one-take tracking shot that follows Ryan Gosling walking through a carnival, hopping on a motorbike, and then entering a 'globe of death'—in which 3 riders simultaneously circle inside a cramped sphere at rampant speeds. The simplicity of the tracking shot in contrast to the high-risk (and thunderously loud) act immediately sets the tone for the film: a grounded drama with spouts of danger.
The first 50 minutes are absorbingly strong as Goslings character and the dynamics between his son and Mendes is built up, he keeps attempting to be the father he never had and goes through life-gambling ventures to achieve it. The downward spiral of this character mixed with…
Yeah, you BETTER take a break from acting, Gosling. Motherfucker, did you even read my letter? Just kinda skimmed it, didn't you? Too busy breaking hearts and playing awesome characters, huh? Fuck, man.
OK so first I'm going talk about what I loved about this film, then I'll explain why it loses the 5th star. I absolutely loved this film up until a key point where something happens that causes an abrupt change in the overall tone of the film but more on that later.
I'll start with performances. Ryan Gosling is once again fantastic. I believe he is the character he plays and he's more than convincing. Bradley Cooper after that terrific turn in Silver Linings Playbook is once again exceptional here. The supporting cast which includes such names as Ray Liotta and Eva Mendes is also solid.
The story had me completely invested through the first two acts. I even got…
I'm not a big college football guy, but anybody who even casually follows it knows that you can compete for a national championship if you lose a game... that loss just better come at the beginning of the season and not at the end. Basically, you're penalized for leaving a bad last impression.
If only this triptych's final section was as satisfying as its first and second, through most of which co-writer/director Derek Cianfrance offers a consuming meditation on masculinity, parental legacies and the slippery slope of compromise one traverses when making misguided, desperate decisions.
But then, such a reversal simply wouldn't have been possible with "Pines," since Cianfrance's primary preoccupation seems to be payoff, the culmination of his carefully…
The Place Beyond the Pines is a tricky motherfucker, and is not what it seems. If you saw the trailer and went to see this, you ended up with much more than you bargained for. And i am so glad you did, because i was so very wary that this would be a forgettable run of the mill crime drama. Please continue to mask your complexities.
Running in at 140 minutes, it runs dangerously close to meandering and lamenting, and it does, momentarily throughout, causing me to teeter over the 3 or 4 star mark, but ultimately, i think the runtime is justified. Pines moves at such a rate through time and character that it never really loses you for…
You know your life isn't on the right track when you get a face-tattoo.
The Place Beyond The Pines is one fickle beast....
Derek Cianfrance has created a very unique and compelling story here that rides the lightning for the first half but crashes and burns in the second. If you break up the film into 3 distinct parts and rate their quality it would probably go:
Part 1: Fucking great.
Part 2: Pretty good.
Part 3: holyshitwhatisthis
If the first two parts were the two Godfather movies,(not saying the Bradley Cooper storyline in this film is comparable to Godfather Part II) then the last part would be Godfather Part III.
Alright. You get it. The last third of this film is filled with problems. It technically shouldn't have existed. The first two parts…
Holy shit, that was a great film. I'm not going to write about it... just watch it.
The Place Beyond the Pines was such a somber but thrilling ride that turned into the biggest love/hate affair in a while. It very naturally delves into themes of father and sons, good and evil, legacy and is brimming with machismo. When it hits its highs, its masterful, but its lows are eye rolling and painful…to think that they are in the same movie. All of my hate goes towards the last act. Director Cianfrance is painting with wide strokes in a generation spanning three act structure. A ton is packed into his canvas, maybe it was inevitable that it would start to crack under the broken momentum he was creating. An engrossing first half is weighed down by last.
A strong ensemble cast make for a melancholy tale spanning nearly two decades. The first half of this picture seems darned-near perfect. I think I'd have rated it even higher if the character-focus has remained as crystalline in closing. Very good nonetheless.
As much as I enjoyed this movie, the performances, the score and the beautiful way in which it's shot, I couldn't help but really FEEL every languid minute of its 2hr 20 minute running time.
I had no problem with the narrative structure and the transition between perspectives was well handled. Unfortunately, the jump made into the final 3rd really didn't gel quite as well as the rest of the movie.
Still, a solid Drama with some truly great performances.
Although... whoever was in charge of Eva Mendes' wardrobe in her first scene needs shooting. I found her modesties to be a little unnecessarily distracting!
A grand design to link the cast to a climax borne of generational sins robs its thinly-conceived characters of any import to their decisions. Might've been a star higher after initial viewing, but a month of scattered consideration and discussion with others have made its flaws more damning.
The Ryan Gosling third was fascinating, the Bradley Cooper third was good, I didn't connect well with the last third
Ryan Gosling je autist koji je talentiran za vožnju motornih vozila (solidan je i u popravljenju istih) no ovo nije Drive niti ima baš puno sličnosti.
Malo se toga da reć bez da se ide u spojlanje, al zanimljiv film koji dosta uvjerljivo prenosi osjete s likova na ekranu na gledetelja.
Ima malo čudan flow radnje, al čudan na dobar način.
Solidan izbor glumaca (Eva Mendes izgleda ko govno btw), dobra atmosfera, audio/vizualno okej, al opet me nekako nije baš uspio uhvatiti i oduševiti film, makar mi generalno ništa baš ne smeta. Malo je dug ae.