The Place Beyond The Pines
Directed by Derek Ciafrance
I’m a little late to this one…
The Place Beyond The Pines is an honest attempt at depicting a theme, but a sadly contrived bit of story telling. The film connects three sets of storylines in order to depict the sins of the fathers handed down to the sons. The film is ambitious and every actor on screen (including Eva Mendez) gives a emotionally powering performance, yet I have to say that the film does not work.
Ambition doesn’t make up for open failure. I really wanted to love Place Beyond the Pines but contrivance upon contrivance made the film hard going. Too many unwarranted character motivations and too much going on in general made the film feel like a 8 episode mini series edited down to two hours and thirty minutes of cinema.
The final scene of the film where Ryan Gosling’s son rides off on a motorbike into the auburn terrain of an upstate new york fall, matched up with Bon Iver’s The Wolves (Act I & II) gave me goosebumps but I have to say that the film was a huge disappointment.
It just made me realize that people who live in upstate New York are bound for misery….. RIDE YOUR MOTORCYCLE OUT OF THERE!
I’m still waiting for the first great film of 2013!