This week, March 29 to be specific, marks the release of a film that I have been looking forward to since I caught its trailer at a showing of Silver Linings Playbook. Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper are both on fire over the past couple of years, and Gosling in particular is one of my favorite actors around these days. The Place Beyond the Pines is the latest effort from Derek Cianfrance, who also directed Gosling in his previous film, Blue Valentine which I considered to be one of the best and most hard hitting relationship dramas I’ve ever seen. His ability to capture human interaction and emotion in such a realistic and seamless way is fantastic, and from what I’ve seen of “Pines” I think we may be in for more of the same.
The Place Beyond The Pines appears to be a drama that will focus again on relationships, decisions and regrets, and although the trailer is vague on this aspect, it will also look to highlight the effects of our decisions in life on our children and families in the future. A look at one generation, contrasted with the generation before them perhaps, which would actually be very similar to what Cianfrance did with Blue Valentine where he showed us two time periods and provided a juxtaposition between the spark that created a new relationship and the crumbling mess that it became.
Eva Mendes will also take on a strong role in the film, and having not really seen her in anything of really high quality since Hitch (We Own The Night was alright I guess…) I am interested to see what she brings to the table, as I have always thought she had the potential to be a good actress. She has never really been poor, but her roles have never really been too taxing or stretched her abilities so perhaps this could be a career altering role for her with the help of some great writing and actors alongside her.
I’m really hoping this film ends up being as good as I think it is going to be, and I will definitely be heading to the theater to find out. Hopefully some of you will do the same. Would love to hear your thoughts!
Check out the trailer for The Place Beyond The Pines below: