Who is in it?
Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, Bradley Cooper, Ray Liotta
What is it about?
Derek Cianfrance broaching the impossible task of trying to kill the “Hey Girl” Meme by making Ryan Gosling as unsympathetic as possible.
Or a criminal stunt rider who lives in parallel to a privileged rookie cop and how one robbery attempt changes their lives and the lives of their sons.
Why did I want to watch it?
Blue Valentine was wonderful, so I thought I could cope with anything the director threw at me. It also supposedly stars the world’s 2 sexiest men.
Did I like it?
It’s definitely a film of 2 acts and the first act is much stronger. As the story moves along to include the kids it’s very clear that the dad’s in their younger days hold the greater fascination.
Should you watch it?
It could definitely wait until dvd and I would definitely catch some of Ryan Gosling’s other films first. It has tinges of brilliance though so shouldn’t be overlooked altogether.
Other films it reminds me of:
The presence of Ben Mendelsohn put me in mind of Animal Kingdom. It’s also got a young guy struggling to find the right path, the thrill of robbing banks and cops walking the fine line of protecting the innocent and embracing corruption.
Watch this instead/as well/before/after:
You’re going to want to cheer yourself up afterwards so go for something fun, Lars and The Real Girl for a bit more Ryan, Silver Linings Playbook for Bradley and Hitch for Eva Mendes.
Alternatively seek out 36 Quai des Orfèvres. The complexity of the lives of a criminal and a cop who come up against each other in the seedy underbelly of Paris. Let’s face it, you’ve also got Heat, Infernal Affairs and if you must The Departed.