The Place Beyond The Pines Review
Rylan Gosling rides into trouble in this epic crime thriller…
Rylan Gosling broods into James Dean and Marlon Brando territory in Eva Mendes), who has recently given birth to his son, but is now married to another man.
During one particular bank robbery Luke is involved in a chase with ambitious cop Avery (Bradley Cooper) and as a fatal shooting ensues, the first chapter of the film draws to a close.
The film spans a 15-year-period in which Luke and Avery’s teenage sons AJ and Jason, played by rising stars Emory Cohen and Dane DeHaan, address the sins that haunt their fathers.
On the off-chance that Gosling fans need any more ammunition for the ‘Is Ryan Gosling Cuter Than A Puppy’ blog, there are biceps and tattoos aplenty - he even cradles a baby while wearing a sleeveless t-shirt.
Aesthetics aside, the cast performances are solid throughout, including strong support from Australian beauty Rose Byrne (Jennifer) and mob-movie legend Ray Liotta (Deluca), and Cooper and Gosling give standout performances with character portrayals which are both gripping and endearing.
The film is visually stunning with breathtaking cinematography. Derek Cianfrance not only re-affirms his successful working relationship with Ryan Gosling but demonstrates just how far his directorial skills have developed since 2010's Blue Valentine.
The final part of the film felt slightly rushed as it attempts to tie the loose ends of the story together, and would have perhaps benefitted from a more thorough edit in the slower-moving earlier stages of the movie.
Despite this, The Place Beyond The Pines is hauntingly powerful and will be remembered by green-eyed Gosling fans as more than just the movie that brought him and Eva Mendes together.
Venetia Falconer @mtvuknews