After spending the last couple of days sleeping on the couch in my sweats because I was just feeling blah, one of my friends dragged me out of the house to go see a movie. I wanted something that would be cute but also comfy and warm–movie theaters are way too cold, in my opinion!–so I went for jeggings, layered tops, wedge sneakers, and my favorite faux leather moto jacket.
I kind of went for a gypsy-rocker style today with big silver jewelry pieces and my slouchy knit hat. At least I still had a pop of color on my nails!
K. and I went to see The Place Beyond The Pines, with Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling. It’s directed by Derek Cianfrance, who also directed Gosling in Blue Valentine. I never used to pay much attention to Gosling, but after seeing him in Drive I’ve started to take note of any movie he’s in; the guy is a serious actor and he plays in some really dark, edgy and artsy films. Needless to say, his current roles are a far cry from The Notebook (no diss intended!).
The Place Beyond The Pines clocks in at two hours and twenty minutes, but it doesn’t feel that long. A sort of three-part epic tragedy, it opens in the late nineties with the carnival motorcycle stuntman Luke (Gosling), who abruptly leaves his rough-and-tumble life with the traveling show to settle down in Schenectady, New York, after learning he fathered a son with a former fling, Romina (Eva Mendes). His attempts to insert himself into his son’s life don’t go over well with Romina or her family and Luke’s downward spiral puts him on a crash course with an ambitious rookie cop named Avery (Cooper) whose big dreams are hampered by rampant corruption in his department.
It sounds like such a simple plot on paper, but as the movie unfolds through various plot twists, it turns into something so much bigger. The butterfly effect of destruction that ripples out further and further through the film is hard to describe without giving away the whole plot, so I’ll just say that the film does cover a span of nearly twenty years as it looks at the consequences of both Luke’s and Avery’s choices as young men. If you like crime dramas or more artsy films instead of mainstream picks, you have to see this one. I didn’t expect to like it so much but I would definitely see it again.
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