The Place Beyond the Pines (2013)
As somebody who had not heard any of this before, it became a curious phenomenon to sit and watch a film and slowly have the realities begin to click into place.
It’s not bad or unwatchable but despite the amplitude of the spectacle, the end result is underwhelming.
True to its essence, the characters remain on the same line and manage to entertain the viewer, each highlighting their own distinctive qualities or touches.
I'll split this review into three since this is basically three movies in one. Act 1: this act was the only one that was interesting. It dealt with the inner struggle of a man who was not brought up well and struggled to make good life choices when life demanded him to change. It dealt with the inner conflict of loving someone for their potential and then constantly being dissapointed. This act had action, drama, and great acting! I was on the verge of giving this movie an 8 when Act 2 entered the stage.Act 2: Terrible! The whole act is about making cops look like thugs wrapped in corruption at every level instead of the heroes they actually are. While some cops might be bad apples, this movie is out of control with the typical Hollywood propaganda of portraying cops as loopholing, scheming, law breaking, alcoholic, drug addicts. The act makes no sense and has no drama. The themes that were active in the first Act completely drop off the planet and we are met with superficial characters that do not represent real life. I gave this part a rating of 2.Act 3: This Act had potential. It nearly brought the movie back to above average. Instead they portrayed a kids who were incapable of making good choices. They portrayed high schoolers as out of control partiers, who rob stores, do drugs, and get plastered. And even with two loving parents of one of the kids who have brought him up with love and attention, he can't seem to make good choices and instead abandons his family completely after losing his mind. The act had potential themes to explore and just decided to superficially ignore any of them. They could have tied it back into the first Act and explored the dynamic of reversed roles in the child's lives. They could have explored the dynamic of overcoming peer pressure, overcoming bullies, or even growing up like the father and struggling to make good choices. Nope. I gave this Act a 4. Overall this movie was good at the beginning and quickly went downhill. They told three separate acts and instead of tying them together like good story tellers, they took the lazy route and just conveyed typical Hollywood crap.
This movie is so goddamn stupid and pointless. It scares me how bad it is, guys. In the first scene of the movie, Romina scores a bike ride with Luke. For no apparent reason. It's like she is leading him on and when he asks her if they can get a drink or something, she says no. WHYYYY. When Luke gets the crib, Kofi gets angry because it is his house. Wow, prince charming. You care more about your rundown house than a crib for an infant child who you call your son? Really smooth. And, when Romina coos "Baby." at Kofi after he is punched by Luke doesn't even add up. There is simply no chemistry between them. If the girl wants to have no ties with the father of their child, fine. But Luke was trying to do a really nice thing by getting presents for his child, there is no crime in that. And, a scene that depicts the opposite of that shows how talented the writers and directors are. I can't understand why Eva Mendes (the intelligent and beautiful actress that she is) would even choose to read a script in which she is merely a damsel in distress and where two men are just fighting over her and her baby. She never takes a stand. She keeps pushing someone away who clearly loves and admires her.
You can't just throw together some big name actors and piece together an intertwining story and steal some good scores and songs and expect it to work out. There's some amazing scores taken from a favorite film of mine and it just doesn't fit, this could've been done so many better ways and with better cuts and editing and maybe it wouldn't have been a waste of my time.
I turned off Mr. Bean for this piece of crap. I'll never forgive myself. It starts out as a tattooed face guy robs banks movie. Then it turns into a Ray Liotta is a corrupt cop movie. Then it turns into a lifetime movie staring Bradley Cooper and the guy who plays his kid and the worst New York accent ever. Watch Mr. Bean instead.