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Place Beyond the Pines (7/10)
According to writer-director Derek Cianfrance this film is about
fathersí and sonsí, ďlegacy, what weíre born with and what we pass on,
and the choices we make and how those choices echo throughout the
generations. Itís a classic tale of the sins of the father being visited
upon the son.Ē
first hour is about Ryan Gosling (united with his real life girl friend,
Eva Mendes, who gives a terrific performance) and crimes he commits for
his family. Then he gets involved with policeman Bradley Cooper and the
rest of the film is about how their confrontation affects their lives
and their familiesí lives during the next 16 years.
and his wife, played by Rose Byrne, both of Irish descent, are tall,
slender, attractive, and genteel. When their son, AJ, played by Emory
Cohen, appears in the second half of the film, however he is a short,
ugly teenager who looks like he is a refugee from Mickey Cohenís Jewish
mafia. Worse, he talks like a dees, dem, and dose thug. AJ, as played by
Cohen, could no more have come from the loins of Cooper and Byrne than a
hippo could be the offspring of Secretariat. Itís physically impossible
for two gentiles to give birth to a Jewish baby. Would anyone cast Bing
Crosby in the role of Al Jolson? This horrible miscasting comes close to
destroying what is an extremely well done movie because every time AJ
opens his mouth he reminds you that he could not possibly be their son.
the terrible casting (and itís certainly not the fault of Cohen who
actually gives a very good performance), this is an engrossing film. The
acting of the entire cast is superb and Cianfrance directs with a deft
touch, keeping the pace and tension alive for the entire film. At the
beginning I was turned off by the Gregorian chant-style score by Mike
Patton. But as the film progressed the music became much better and
enhanced the story.
February 28, 2013