Tuesday, February 4, 2014
The Place Beyond the Pines - DVD Review
Ryan Gosling's been playing a lot of screwed-up guys lately. It must feed some need inside him. I picture him with a summer cabin with a torture room in the basement.
Here he plays a desperate father who turns to bank robbery to provide for his son. His path will eventually cross with Bradley Cooper, a cop with a young son of his own. We see their story for the first two-thirds of the movie, and I enjoyed every aspect of that.
Then it flash-forwards sixteen years to follow the sons, and we see how the choices of the fathers have affected their sons, and here's where the movie went a little sideways for me. It puts together some events that felt too contrived, and it took me out of the movie. There's a real cinema-verite vibe going on with it, and overall I liked it. I just thought the last third weakened the power from the first two acts.