Imbued with all the ambition and class of a modern classic crime epic, Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance reunites with the enigmatic Ryan Gosling in The Place Beyond the Pines (2013), a flawed but fabulous fable steeped in heavy themes of guilt and redemption. It's the kind of movie you don't take your eyes off for even a minute, as a long take openin trackin shot majestically promises. We're let in on the moral struggles firstly through carnival motorcycle stuntman Luke Glanton (Gosling recallin some touches of Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive), who reluctantly starts robbin small banks with a newfound handyman friend (Ben Mendelsohn) when he discovers he has a year-old son with his one-time fling (Eva Mendes). The decidedly unpolished narrative avoids cheap emotions throughout and the first act especially posits all the hallmarks of an unforgettable story with a lead character so excitin, he deserves an origins sequel.
At a glance:
|Though far from perfect, Gosling makes The Place Beyond The Pines unmissable.|
|"If you ride like lightning,|
you're gonna crash like thunder."
Bad news on the doorstep:
|So Emery Cohen is supposed to be the son of Bradley Cooper & Rose Bryne|
while Dane DeHaan is supposed to be the son of Ryan Gosling & Eva Mendes?
|Bradley Cooper goes Serpico in The Place Beyond The Pines.|
Are they gonna use Bon Iver's The Wolves (Act I & II) for every movie that seeks to end on a convalescent, resonant note? I'm still high from watchin and hearin its first use, in the closin scene of the beautiful French drama Rust And Bone (2012). Shoegazers forever!
|This character deserves an origins sequel.|
Reminds me of:Animal Kingdom (2010), A Bronx Tale (1993), and Prince Of The City (1981) come to mind when I think about crime epics with some pedigree.
Beautiful Kate (2009), Killing Them Softly (2012) and Animal Kingdom (2010) if you wanna see what he can really do besides his small part in The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
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Would've been movie of the year if not for a few false notes in there. Still, it's a family affair about honour and duty that's certainly artful and intimate enough for a rewatch. Check out this interview with the director if you wanna know more about the movie and also that incredible openin long take. Movin on, can't wait for Only God Forgives (2013) in summer!★★★1/2
|No woman, no cry... Ryan Gosling style.|
|Director Derek Cianfrance flanked by Ryan Gosling and Eve Mendes.|
|Bradley Cooper with director Derek Cianfrance.|
|Memories are all we have.|