A multi-generational saga of the lives of men, that approaches Greek tragedy. The weight that holds us down and motivates us to do things that we cannot control; like father like son. These bonds are explored through a portrait of two men and their sons in Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines. This is a deeply fascinating film that intertwines three different stories and takes advantage of a perfectly casted ensemble- the acting in this film is first rate. Derek Cianfrance, who directed Blue Valentine which also stars Ryan Gosling, uses every element of filmmaking to create this vision of manhood. The chilling music matched with the meticulous editing almost made this film feel European. The turning points in this film had my jaw hanging. This is how entertainment should be. Exciting enough for the average moviegoer but incredibly thought provoking for the artists. I can’t believe I have waited this long to see this film, I would have put it on my top 10 list of 2013. I highly anticipate more work from Derek Cianfrance and hope more films like this get made.
The Place Beyond the Pines is currently available on HBO to go.