THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, starring Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper

It’s been a week since I saw this movie, but I don’t want it to entirely disappear from my memory before I tell you how much I loved it. If you can see only one movie this week and your choice is this movie or Mud, definitely see this one.

Act I
Ryan Gosling plays a professional motorcyclist who does shows at the fair. As in the traveling fair. He runs into someone he hooked up with last year. He learns he has a son. He wants to become a real man and take care of the little boy. He tries, but it goes south. Spectacularly.

Act II
Bradley Cooper is an up-and-coming cop who get put on desk duty for a questionable use of his weapon. He rats out some corrupt cops and moves over to the D.A.’s office. His career picks up steam. Spectacularly.

Act III
The sons of Gosling’s character and Cooper’s character meet. Everything hits the fan. Truths are spoken. Disaster follows.

But then, as the circle closes, there is hope–lots of it, lavished everywhere.

I loved this movie. Gosling is better than I’ve ever seen him. Cooper also very good. The wonderful Dane DeHaan is as good here as he is in Chronicle. I think he’s definitely going places.