Jason's Review of The Place Beyond The Pines
With its grand, multi-generational arching narrative and Cianfrance's provocative directional flairs, Pines continually strives for that truly epic mantle it wants so badly. That it never quite gets there though is no fault of the breathtaking performances from Cooper and Gosling; both are in top form, nailing their nuanced characters with perfection. Its niggling flaws sees a plot too often hinge on obvious genre conventions, and an arguably contrived coincidence in the narrative will make or break the great build up of emotional character groundwork. It may not reach the lofty heights it aspires to, but its still an intense, edgy, even quietly effecting, adult drama that's certainly worth the watch.