Each year, there is one movie that you are literally dieing to see. Last year it was "The Dark Knight Rises" this year for me it was Derek Cianfrance's "The Place Beyond the Pines". Not only did it get phenomenally amazing reviews from TIFF and for 3 months straight have a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. But the trailer for the film I watched was amazing.
The Place Beyond the Pines is a heartbreaking, emotional, investing and unforgettable masterpeice. When I first saw it I didn't love it. But I thought about it. I saw this film on Saturday, and I still have everything about it on my mind.
As emotionally investing as the characters were, you would also need great actors to play them. You got that, Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta, Bradley Cooper and Dan Dehaan. All of them are absolutely phenomenal. Ryan Gosling is raw and so involving, you feel very bad for what he gets into or how he reacts. His characters needs your emotions and Mr. Cianfrance did exactly that. Bradley Cooper who I loved in Silver Linings Playbook is even better here, just like Luke (Ryan Gosling) you need your emotions for Bradley's character Avery. You feel bad for him in his story-line. The main stand out was Bradley Cooper cause he was pretty much that main character and if you saw it you would know what I'm talking about. Gosling was fantastic but since Cooper's in it more I thought I got more involved w/ him and liked him more.
Everyone else was mostly solid. Mendes was great here, you want her to ----- what he is giving her or even offering. It's hard to talk about without spoiling. Ray Liotta is definitely good, but his character wasn't all that likeable he starts off kind of as a prick, and stays that way mostly. Dan Dehaan as Eva Mendes' son was just fucking great. He showed effection and heart. You really feel bad for what his character is going through.
The screenplay for the most part is great. Some characters you meet along this wild adventure are obnoxiously written. Examples: Bradley Cooper's son and Ray Liotta. But other than that the screenplay is great. You get great clever lines that go just along with each scene captivating to something else.
Derek Cianfrance did of course a great job directing here. 3 stories that collide together so well, they honestly feel realistic and like you've seen something like it. Each of them are there for a point not just there to make it longer or make it more expensive.
For flaws, some of the relshionships between different characters reacting and having conversations were not developed but some were very well executed. Bradley and his sons were just blandly done. The real life couple in this film Gosling & Mendes I honestly didn't have that much of development. Besides some flaws, The Place Beyond the Pines continues Cianfrance with more and more talent and more percent of becoming a bigger director.
Overall, The Place Beyond the Pines is one you NEED to think about, but I still loved it on more thinking. Wasn't disappointed at all. Raw and emotional and is made for a point.
Final Grade- A-