Movie Review: The Place Beyond the Pines (2013)

We all have to live with what we’ve done. Good, bad, doesn’t matter.

Ladies and gents… “The Place Beyond the Pines”.

A motorcycle stunt driver (Ryan Gosling) has to take drastic measures to be able to financially support his family. We also have a police officer (Bradley Cooper) who wants to move up in his field. And these men will find their stories crossing paths in some manner. Trying to stay vague while not misrepresenting this story is hard. But what I can say is that this is a slowly burning drama with a few action-thriller elements. Don’t expect an exciting cat-and-mouse game between the two leads, because that’s not what it fucking is. It’s a layered story about family, legacy, and fate. It has a structure that might throw a lot of people off. Not because it’s hard to follow, because it’s not, it’s very straight-forward. But it’s not your typical one thread narrative. It’s one thread that connects to another that connects to another, creating a bit of a web that I find quite intriguing.

The characters in this are layered, flawed, realistic, and just overall interesting. And that’s as deep as I’ll go on them, thinking that this is one of those movies where it’s better to know less about the characters when you want to get into it. But I can say that the cast is fantastic, including people like Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta, Ben Mendelsohn, Mahershala Ali, Dane DeHaan, Bruce Greenwood, Rose Byrne, and Emory Cohen (among many others). Not a weak link in this cast, everyone’s fantastic.

The score for this movie was composed by Mike Patton. That’s right, Faith No More frontman and voice of The Darkness composed a film score. And I think he actually did a good job. It has a unique, almost ethereal style that I don’t think I’ve really heard in any other movie. It’s so odd, but it works so well for the movie. There are also a few licensed tracks used throughout that work well in their respective scenes.

This movie was directed by Derek Cianfrance, and I think he did a great job with it. His directing is tight, never letting including any unnecessary fluff. All the shots in this have a purpose. What I also appreciate about his direction is that he uses a couple different styles. For most of the movie, the camera is steady. But when the action scenes happen, it goes to a more handheld style á la Paul Greengrass. But these changes in camerawork doesn’t hurt the movie in any way, as they’re both handled expertly.

This movie has been well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 80% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 68/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,3/10.

“The Place Beyond the Pines” isn’t for everybody, but I certainly think it’s a great movie. I think it has a really good plot, really good characters, fantastic performances, really good music, and great directing. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “The Place Beyond the Pines” is a 9,55/10. So it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “The Place Beyond the Pines” is now completed.

To those who think Ryan Gosling doesn’t emote enough, look at his eyes.

Movie Review: Metallica Through the Never (2013)

Metallica Through the Never

Bands play at concerts, and sometimes said concerts can end up on DVD/blu-ray. That’s really all I can put here as intro. MASTER!!! MASTER!!!

Ladies and gentlemen… “Metallica Through the Never”.

Trip (Dane DeHaan) is a young man who also happens to be a roadie for Metallica. And during one of the band’s concerts he gets sent out on a very urgent mission. What would at first seem like a cakewalk soon turns into a surreal and dangerous adventure. And as we go through the movie we jump back and forth between Trip’s mission and the concert. And let me put it like this… the concert is badass and engaging. However, Trip’s little adventure usn’t really as great. I know it’s not the biggest focus of the movie, but you can tell that the filmmakers really pushed for it to be a thing, so I will therefore judge it. I’d like a bit more of an explanation to the things happening. Sure, surrealism rarely ever explains itself, but I feel like something could be done to explain all the weird things happening to Trip. I was never truly invested those parts, and I think they could have been handled much better.

Dane Dehaan, despite saying like three or four words in the entire movie, is really good in´his role. Yeah, he’s the only one you could really judge from a performance standpoint. Unless we’re including the stage performances by the band, because in that case we got some incredible stage performances from the band who still got it despite having been at this for 30+ years. Really, they are as engaging as ever in this. Yeah, that’s what I could say here… moving on.

The music in this movie can be a divider for people. If you don’t like Metallica, then you’re gonna hate the music in this movie (but you knew that from the title of this movie). But if you’re a fan of the band (like I am!) then yeah, the music is fucking awesome. I did love the music here, but maybe that is because I have a slight bias since Metallica is my second favorite band of all time. But to be honest, when we followed Trip and his adventures while the band was playing… the music fit very well with the chaotic and odd things we got to see.

The movie was directed by Nimród Antal and he did a terrific job. From the concert footage to Trip’s adventures, the movie looks fucking gorgeous. The shots are very well done and the editing is very well handled. The movie is really a visual treat. I also want to mention that there is some CGI in the movie and it looks pretty good.

This movie has been pretty well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 79% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 61/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,2/10.

If you’re a big fan of Metallica, then “Metallica Through the Never” is kind of a must watch. As for my opinion on the entire thign, it is definitely interesting. It has an interesting if slightly clumsy plot, a really solid performance from Dane DeHaan, some fantastic music, and some great directing. Time for my final score. MASTER!!! My final score for “Metallica Through the Never” is a 9,12/10. So I’d say it’s worth buying… at least if you’re a Metallica fan.
Worth buying

My review of “Metallica Through the Never” is now completed.

You know what’s funny? The movie is called “Metallica Through the Never”, but at no point do they play the song “Through the Never”… MASTER!!! MASTER!!!