Monday, August 5, 2013

Little Shop of Movies Review: The Place Beyond The Pines(Releases Aug 6th)

Working once again  with his "Blue Valentine" director  Derek Cianfrance,  Ryan Gosling stars in this film that almost is an extension of his character from "Drive" at the start of the film we are following Gosling as he dresses a shirt and jacket before getting onto his bike and performing his bike stunts with his fellow bikers, makes for an interesting opening to a stunning film.
We are then introduced to a part of his life that even he did not know existed before, Ryan Gosling seems more suited for this type of role than that he did in Drive, quite a natural dad in the scenes with his son. Finding out that he is a father to a boy that has another man living with the mother of his son bothers him somewhat and goes out to prove his devotion to his son in the only way he can make some quick money.
The quick money is sadly robbing banks and is quickly told and convinced how to do it. But when things go wrong for him, things quickly change for all around him suffer.
Check out this tease scene(below)that changes everything for the characters in the film.

The difference here yes we have all seen the many police chases etc and them catching/killing the fugitive but what happens after the shooting? The scenes flash and work so well together the editing is one of the main reason's why this film works so well. Hat's off to Jim Helton(Blue Valentine) & Ron Patane(Blue Valentine & Documentaries)for their editing.This is all handled so well in this film Officer Avery(Bradley Cooper) is internally investigated by Bill Killcullen(Bruce Greenwood)after the shooting, he gets counselling as well and most importantly the effect it has on his wife and child.

Then when things could not get any worse for him when he is brought out late night with his fellow officers Delucca(Ray Liotta) to find Luke(Ryan Gosling)stash at his exes house(Romina-Eva Mendes) and they share the money in the (edited)scene below he tries to tell his captain about it and thus becomes a Serpico in some ways.

The story is not new at all, however the way the characters are portrayed and the honest approach to it all would make Sidney Lumet(Serpico, Night Falls on Manhattan) proud. This is a gritty styled film with the color faded out almost and therefore able to focus more on the people in the piece. This review only covers a small amount of what takes place in the film to get more why not rent it tomorrow when it comes out?

Thank you for reading this
Anthony Nadeau

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