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Bitter Balcony Deals with Daddy Issues (and Plot Devices) with The Place Beyond the Pines!

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It’s been a while since Jas and I have butted heads over a movie, and for that reason alone, “The Place Beyond the Pines” is my favorite movie of 2013 thus far. I love it. Jas hates it. Jas destroyed Derek Cianfrance’s generational interconnecting drama, spotting both narrative and technical failures in the movie’s framework. I countered with an emotional response, the power of a flawed yet passionately driven film that has resided in my subconscious. I admit my brother is one astute and merciless debater. Yet, I was not deterred to defend the metaphysical poignancy Cianfrance captures gracefully in this ambitiously delivered small town saga. Cianfrance succeeds in his use of the mechanisms of fate near the same class of Alejandro González Iñárritu did for “Amores Perros” and “Babel.” “The Place Beyond the Pines” will provoke a response. Hey, sometimes friends fight.

“The Place Beyond the Pines” is the story of two men whose happenstance defines not only their destiny but that of their children. Ryan Gosling is dynamite as Luke, a nomadic motorcycle daredevil who resorts to bank heists in order to provide for his newborn son after reuniting with a former flame Romina(Eva Mendes). Bradley Copper forays into drama in an effective performance as Avery, a police officer whose morality and ambition are at constant odds. The third act jumps 15 years later, where circumstance has Luke’s and Avery’s sons meeting. Dane DeHaan("Chronicle") is especially good as Luke’s son Jason, whose journey to piece together his father’s past leads him to confront Avery. Derek Cianfrance constructs a complex study of paternity, and determines that legacy plays a powerful factor in our path to identity. Adding the matrimonial tragedy “Blue Valentine,” to his credentials, Cianfrance has two of the more compelling movies I've viewed in some time. Lastly, Mike Patton of Faith No More fame composes a fantastically minimalist score. Patton's haunting chants are equally tense and beautiful.

Look, this film is far from perfect. Clocking in at 140 minutes, “The Place Beyond the Pines” does encounter a few roadblocks. The high stakes raised by in the first act fall short in the second one, where Luke’s dynamic motorcycle getaways are replaced by Copper’s less engrossing power plays. The story does rely heavily on serendipity, and some writing devices could have been reworked in a refreshing manner. Still, even after some of its shortcomings are exposed, “The Place Beyond the Pines” makes up for it with a genuine sadness that makes this overlapping drama work on an ethereal level. My approval for this film plays on the intangible, and the best argument I could make is not to dissect it but to experience it.

Jas just went blah.

Trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yh1MFvMIhZM
Official website:
The Place Beyond the Pines

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Credits:
Directed by: Derek Cianfrance
Written by: Derek Cianfrance, Darius Marder, Ben Coccio
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper


Source of the Bitter: John Rojas

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