It’s time to cross another film off my watch-list that had been waiting there forever. The Place Beyond the Pines is a star-filled crime drama that seemed to be highly promising. Let’s find out if it really is!
Motorcycle Stuntman Luke finds out that an ex-lover he hadn’t seen in some time now has a baby. His baby.
In order to provide for his child Luke tries to make an effort, but it’s hard to get by in the middle of nowhere. When he has no other options left, he starts robbing banks…
I have to admit, my feelings are a bit mixed about this one.
If you like Gosling’s film you will love this one. The best way to describe The Place Beyond the Pines is as mixture of Drive and Blue Valentine. Just like in Drive Ryan Gosling plays an inscrutable character with next to no lines in the entire movie. Just like in Blue Valentine there is an unexpected baby Goslings character takes care of and a complicated relationship with the mother.
The film was actually very interesting until we passed the middle. With a total length of 140 minutes, The Place Beyond the Pines is rather lengthy from the second half on. Although the story line with Bradley Cooper (no spoilers here) seemed promising at first, it soon turned annoying, unbelievable and just far to long (considering the few things that are actually going on)
The upside is definitely the atmosphere. The setting is perfect and the music matches with the story and the actors. However, despite being filled with many amazing and talented actors, ultimately the movie disappointed me.
The Place Beyond the Pines appears to be very fascinating at first, unfortunately things go downhill after half of it. Not even the actors can save this film from turning into a cliché.
Did you see The Place Beyond the Pines? Let me know in the comments what you think!