The Place Beyond the Pines

The Place Beyond the Pines ★★★★½

I literally booked a day off work, using up one of my annual leave days, purely to go and see this film in the cinema on the last day it was showing there. Something about it, I don't know what, but something made me think it would be right up my street.

It was. Excuse my Partridgism, but I ruddy loved it, I really did.

I saw it on Wednesday and it's been playing on my mind ever since. Looking at the narrative structure, for instance, and the way that it glides from one section to the next so flawlessly, so effectively, it makes it seem like a privilege to have seen each segment. Each part crafts its own identity that still flows into the other bits so well. The impact each part had on me was profound and stayed with me.

The parts fit together so well that it doesn't matter whether you prefer the first third, or the second, or the final, because one thing that's universal is each bit is brilliant. Having said that! I preferred the first part with Ryan Gosling (in probably his best role I've seen (until I watched Blue Valentine the next day, that is)) and his relationship to Eva Mendes. It takes up most of the running time to the film, but I was so caught up in it that the time flew by.

As a tale of human life, from endurance, compassion, love, belonging (or lack thereof), plus everything that could be seen as "the bad stuff" too like violence, deceit, theft, hate, all roll into one exquisite film, makes me realise what an achievement The Place Beyond The Pines is. A remarkable film. The more I think about it, the more I think that it probably is my favourite film of the year so far.

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