Favorite movies » The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)
“If you ride like lightning, you’re going to crash like thunder.”
I saw this movie a few weeks ago at the Logan Theater.
The Place Beyond the Pines is a flawed film in a lot of ways. Most notably its length and oft meandering narrative focus. The film desperately needed an editor. The film is almost three hours long, so like…. a really mean editor who wears stilettos and a leather jacket or something.
Nonetheless, I really enjoyed the film and Derek Cianfrance is climbing my list of exciting directors. The film’s thematic content was rich, deep, and unsettling. I was invited to think about ideas concerning family, justice, and masculinity that most films would never go near. Additionally a lot of the aesthetic realization of the film was preeeeeetty on point. The score was featured a haunting reverb drenched piano which really captured some of the more “desolate” moments. The photography was great - as a former motorcyclist, I really “felt” the motorcycle scenes in a way most films completely miss. Also, the acting was quite good. Mr. Gosling and Cooper present two complex and often overwhelmed men with perfect tone and (non) poise.
All in all, I’d recommend this film; especially to men. I didn’t find it as emotionally depleting and raw as Cianfrance’s exquisite Blue Valentine, but still, The Place Beyond the Pines is definitely worth checking out.