The Place Beyond the Pines [2013] Movie Review Recommendation

The Place Beyond the Pines [2013]

An impossible movie, the dream of so many directors is a movie where he manages to bring to life his vision and The Place Beyond the Pines is one of those movies. Sometimes, everything just falls into place, just like a killing spree in a video game or a perfect day, and things have fallen into place for the director Derek Cianfrance. Actors that are perfect for their roles, like they’ve been waiting their whole life for them, and a script that binds all that together. Characters are so well written that at the end of the movie you will feel that you actually know them, in real life. I was especially fascinated by Luke, a classical bad boy who has trouble written all over him. During that opening scene with the carnival globe of death, I could smell, see and feel that carnival atmosphere, not to mention Mr. Ryan Gosling who was too cool (if I had a vagina it would be wet).  Without any major flaws, we actually get three movies wrapped into one, with a cherry on top.

The Place Beyond The Pines PosterLuke (Ryan Gosling) is a skilled motorcyclist who rides the globe of death at a traveling carnival. He as an epitome of a bad boy, with no friends or family, just a bunch of tattoos and knack for trouble. Never having any real responsibility or direction in his life, Luke finds himself troubled by the fact that the girl he had a fling with during the last visit of the carnival, has given birth to his child. Determined to provide for his son and without any “real life job” skills he decides to rob a bank. At the same time Cross, a beat cop, just doing his job the best as he can, doesn’t know nothing about Luke or his son…

I will leave you with just the “first” story, in my opinion the best, the rest is up to you to discover. Three stories seemingly woven together, with realistic characters and with a lot of intense scenes is something that’s very hard to achieve. Combining crime and drama with intense emotions to achieve the status of an epic is an undertaking worthy of an Oscar, but deeper analysis reveals a declining quality in the stories and a question whether the director should have concentrated his efforts on Luke and perhaps made a movie that will be a cult classic. Luckily, we the viewers, can leave this to professionals and just enjoy in this masterpiece…

Director: Derek Cianfrance

Writer: Derek Cianfrance, Ben Coccio, Darius Marder

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, Olga Merediz, Bradley Cooper, Rose Byrne, Ray Liotta, Mahershala Ali

Fun Facts: According to Ryan Gosling, all his bank robbery scenes were done in one take.


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