A very dark and gritty film. It’s hard to fully comprehend the fullness of these characters.
Ryan Gosling gives a tremendous job portraying a history teacher/crack addict. Without Gosling this movie is nothing. He carries it the whole way and you just keep wanting more from him.
It does feel unfinished by the end. Lots of plot holes and missing information. Writing for this one could have used a lot more work. All in all, this film will be on the Love it or Hate it spectrum. Despite all the issues, it’s riveting and surprisingly enjoyable.