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Friday, April 12, 2013

Movie Review: The Place Beyond the Pines

FYI, I'm writing this post at one in the morning.

Literally writing this movie review of The Place Beyond the Pines in the wee hours of the night after just getting back from the theater. I know it comes out at regular times this weekend, but this is a Ryan Gosling movie and I simply couldn't wait that long.

This movie is divided into three parts. Act I is all about a skilled motorcyclist named Luke (Gosling) who is trying to find a way to provide for his son. After being gone for a year, Gosling returns to New York only to find that his one-time fling Romina (Eva Mendes) has a baby that he fathered. He wants her in his life, and he wants to be a father to his son, but he doesn't have the means to make ends meet. All he has is no education and a body full of ill-advised tattoos that probably don't get you very far in life (aside from the ones that are intricately placed across his knuckles and read Hand on one side and Some on the other).

This film is directed and co-written by Derek Cianfrance, who also did Blue Valentine.

So he figures his skill set can be put to better use if he becomes a bank robber. And this is how we get introduced to Act II where we meet Avery (Bradley Cooper), who is also a father to a young son and a lawyer-turned-cop in upstate New York. Avery is trying to deal with some dirty cops in his precinct when his and Luke's worlds collide after a robbery gone bad. This sets the stage for everything that occurs in Act III.

By the third stage of the film, it's years later and we're following the lives of teenagers AJ and Jason. AJ is Avery's ill-adjusted son, and Jason is the wandering offspring of Romina and Handsome Luke. The drama from the first two acts comes together in the final scenes of the third act and makes you tense your body and hold your breath. 

And all you're hoping is that the movie won't end in the way that it's been leading you to believe...but you'll have to see it for yourself to know if that's true or not.

Overall, The Place Beyond the Pines is about how the decisions you make, or don't make, can affect you now and in the future. It's beautifully played by Ryan and Bradley and the score goes so well with the visual direction. 

Who am I kidding? Ryan Gosling is in this movie and that's all the reason you need to see it. He's only got a couple more movies coming out before his acting hiatus so please go and enjoy his beautiful, asymmetrical face on the big screen.

No one does sexy-vulnerable-cool quite as good as he does. Ryan's the take a big whiff. 

My Rating:
The Place Beyond the Pines"I want to do something with him that’s his first time. I'm going to look in his face when he tries ice cream. Every time he has ice cream for the rest of his life, he’s going to see my fucking face."
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  1. I pretty much skimmed through it and checked out the pics, but didnt want to fully read cause i was scared of any spoilers, but this is enough to go and see the movie! Love me some Ryan Gosling! Thanks for the review :)

  2. Ooooo....5 hearts, Cheryl:) Your synopsis made it sound really good. And really, you can't go wrong with Ryan AND Bradley together, right? If I don't see this in the theatres, I'll see this for sure when it comes out on DVDs.

  3. I always want to see the Ryan Gosling movies, will definitely have to get to this one as soon as I can.

  4. This movie sounds awesome Cheryl! I will definitely have to check it out. Lol at your remarks regarding Ryan. I love Bradley Cooper. Have a great weekend!

  5. Oh wow, I have not seen this, but glad that you posted it before the weekend. It sounds pretty good. :) Happy Friday!

  6. I already have plans to see this movie next week and I'm already jittery with anticipation. I'm so glad to hear it's that good!

  7. This sounds like a really good movie! I love that GIF at the end, too :)

  8. Fab review and links, darling!
    Happy weekend!


  9. I haven't seen this film..... nice post!!!!

  10. What? 5 hearts?! and he's all "tatted-up"! Now I know why he's Ari's free pass.

    I want to see it now. Hopefully it gets wide release soon.

  11. This movie is awesome. It was like 3 movies in one with lots of good actors and story. Totally worth a late night out

  12. Hi Cheryl, thanks for this thorough and well-described review, i had no idea what the movie was about (it won't be released here for months), and after reading this, I really want to see it. P.S I appreciate your lovely words, have a wonderful and warm weekend!

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  14. Maybe I should see that movie.

  15. your summary has peeked my interest in this even further, it doesn't hurt that my hubby Ryan is included lol

  16. Haha, I agree -- Gosling is reason enough to see this movie!

  17. Not a huge fan of Gosling...just don't see the hype. But I did take an interest in seeing the film and after reading your review, I think I want to see it now.

    Thanks for posting this!


  18. Sounds like a good movie, I'll have to check it out!

    Sophisticated Lace

  19. Gosling is so hot. I have to watch this movie now. :D



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