"The duality of man" A trite message in cinema, one that is often poorly executed by writers and directors that hardly scratch the surface of the concept. This is not the case here. While at times this theme is made far to obvious the film does present it in a grounded and realistic fashion. 4 stars the first time I watched 3 stars all the other times
Starts off promising and with some amazing shots, good pace and all, but after the first turn of events it just starts to become a packed and quickly delivered multi-story with a lot of radical actions or strong emotions by characters that are not grounded in anything we can relate to. Gosling is again unbelievably good.
It goes in the direction that is extraordinarily unlikely, which adds a dose of brutal realism and validity of fable to a level that keeps satisfaction out of something that is supposed to be bleak and downhill. As much as this is a strength, it falls short in the third act with forced acts and wooden characters that are just a shadow of the rich personalities from the first half. Still, exceptional and worthy.
Man fühlt sich wie in einem Modernisierungsversuch großer Dichter, von Aischylos bis Euripides, mit konstitutiven Faktoren der griech. Tragödie (attische Demokratie, Polisgemeinschaft, Bühnenkunst), die sich von Exposition bis Exodus pro Akt immer akribischer arriviert. Große Kunst, die man erst bei genauer Betrachtung wahrnimmt.
The Place Beyond the Pines is a masterpiece of cause and effect. It's all about the choices you make every day, and how those choices can not only change your life, but the lives of others. I feel it's rare to say this about any film nowadays that isn't a big budget blockbuster, but to me this is a true epic. By the end you've gone so far with these characters, and you've watched changes reverberate through time.
A bit torn between giving this a 3 or a 4. Watched after seeing Gosling in Drive, and this is another strong performance by him. Cinematography reminds me of much American contemporary landscape and documentary photography (a big plus for me). Feels like it could have been written/directed/edited a bit more tightly, but still a great film to watch and a compelling story told.
Der Film eröffnet mit einem Mann, dessen Körper übersäht ist mit Tattoos, wie er sich durch einen Karneval kämpft. Schliesslich drückt er sich an seinen Fans vorbei, hin zu einem Metallkäfig. Das ist so ein Anfang, der auf ganz viel schliessen lässt! Niemand würde so etwas inszenieren, hätte er nicht noch eine Menge artifizieller Ideen im Gepäck!(...)