Ahsan Haseeb’s review published on Letterboxd:
The Place Beyond the Pines is a simple drama but its simplicity is what makes it so complicated. When I heard about this movie and its cast members for the first time, I knew I wanted to watch it and love it and I just couldn't wait. I must say this film is better than how I expected it to be and how I imagined its plot would reach its conclusion.
The director, Derek Cianfrance knew exactly what he wanted to do with this plot and how to make it thrilling with his brilliant writing supported by the co-writers Ben Coccio, and Darius Marder. All the cast members (Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta, Ben Mendelsohn, Mahershala Ali, Bruce Greenwood, Rose Byrne, Harris Yulin, Dane DeHaan, Emory Cohen) have performed really well and surprisingly there were a few shocking moments (well, at least, for me). The narrative is worth appreciating mainly because of the cinematography and the style of filmmaking; really refreshing.
This film is 2 hours and 20 minutes long and I kept wondering how is it so long and especially WHY is it so long! But I didn't even realize how time went by while watching it, that's how great this is. What's best about this film are its wonderful characterization, well-written story and plot (although it's simple but it's extremely interesting), the cinematography and, of course, Ryan Gosling. Haha!