Friday, March 8, 2013

Review: The Place Beyond the Pines

Release Date:  March 20, 2013
Running Time: 140 minutes
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta
Who to see it with: People working out their daddy issues


The Place Beyond the Pines is a very interesting movie.  It's a long, complex, thoughtful movie; it's not for someone who wants to take in a quick flick.  Essentially, it's three related movies that have connecting story lines and characters.  The overarching theme is the legacy one person leaves to another; it's an interesting theme that permeates the three main stories of the movie.  The director, Derek Cianfrance, does an amazing job shooting this.  The cinematography is phenomenal and the stories relate in some very interesting ways.  He also successfully draws parallels between the different parts of the movie by using similar shots and similar musical cues.  And the tension!  The director is a master of creating and utilizing tension; there are some crazily tense scenes in this film.  This movie is not for everyone.  It's long and definitely feels like a long movie.  But, for those who have the interest in this movie, it will definitely reward you.  I definitely found myself thinking a lot about the movie and the different characters after it was over.  If that sounds like something you'd like to see, then see it.  Otherwise, 

Rent it.

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