Other than the many sequels and super hero films that I am greatly anticipating to see, this is one of the films that was definitely on my must-see list for this year. As usual, this year has gone off to a very slow start. January and February hardly had anything exciting to see, and then it was time for the Academy Awards. Since then, there have been a few films here and there that have really piqued the interest of movie fans nationwide and internationally. Iron Man 3 already made more than $100 million dollars in the international box office, which is not surprising given that it will most likely achieve those numbers in the U.S. box office pretty quickly. It is not every day where you get to see two of Hollywood’s biggest stars at the moment, in Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, together in the same film. Make no mistake about it, they are stars at the moment, and their stardom is just continuing to rise as we speak. There is always a strong interest in what films they will be in next, and this film was no different. It’s great to see that it is a film that is far from the super hero sequels that will most likely dominate this summer’s box office.
Despite having much more experience doing tv series documentaries, director Derek Cianfrance does quite the wonderful job with his directing abilities in this film. Perhaps the strongest message that you can take from the flow of the plot is that actions will always have consequences. Whether they are positive or negative, there will always be consequences for the actions that we have the complete freedom and liberty to do. These consequences couldn’t be stronger when they follow dangerous choices from the past. The past always seems to haunt the future; precisely because of the fact that what we do now always has a price later. This is obviously not the most original story to present in a film, but depending on how the film is done, it can be a very gripping experience. These are the kind of films that will grab your interest from the start, and will never let go of it. When you have that kind of message, it is great for humanity to be reminded of the consequences of our actions. It is a message that never seems to grow old in Hollywood simply because there are so many ways of showing it in all kinds of films.
When you think about the character that is played by Ryan Gosling, talent is the word that comes to my mind now. Maybe talent is something that is developed and perfected over time, but I also think that we are all born with special talents. These talents are most appreciated when you share them with the rest of the world. It is not about the fear of others looking at your talents, and copying what you do to get credit for it. It is about sharing your greatness to inspire others to do the same. You just never now how the talents of others can motivate you to take your talents to a whole other level. What is important to recognize though, is that you cannot be selfish with your talent. You have got to put it to good use because otherwise, a person will be seen with the perception of what a waste of talent. There is not enough time in this world to let it go by without enjoying it to the fullest. That means that we should all take risks if that’s what it takes to get ahead in this life. However, you have to be the judge of those risks, and decide for yourself if they are worth taking for you, your family, and your friends. That is why you cannot be selfish with your talent. The impact of it is bigger than you, and it spreads to influence even those who are dear to you.
If there is one thing I would not do for a career, one of those jobs would be a police officer who serves in the field, risking their life for the safety of the community. As much as I despise having an every day desk job for 40 hours a week, I would be willing to serve my community as an officer with a desk job. I wouldn’t have the risk of losing my life in a hostile, and dangerous situation. Maybe that’s the motivation for some people to serve as cops in those situations to keep the rest of us out of harm. It has been said many times that there are good cops, and there are bad ones. However, when you think about how much they risk, including their own lives for our safety, you can’t help but feel appreciation for what the good ones do. Especially because there are decisions that they must make in the blink of an eye sometimes. That is a huge emotional load to deal with, and it is great to see that emotion brought to life very well in this film. There have been so many films with the presence of police in them, but very few have really been considered great because of the lack of a great story to go with the action and drama in them.
It was one of my most anticipated films of the year, and it did not disappoint. It is a terrible feeling when you have such high expectations for a film sometimes, but it doesn’t quite deliver the way you would have liked it to. This is a film that delivers in all the areas. Perhaps one area, that always seems to be overlooked is the music. It really adds to the mood and tone of the most dramatic and suspenseful scenes, so you can’t appreciate it enough. Director Derek Cianfrance is starting to get on a roll here. After directing a successful film in Blue Valentine, he has impressed audiences again with this film. So I am definitely curious to see what he has planned to direct next. I can’t say that I was impressed with the cast because I expected greatness, and they delivered. Bradley Cooper has really come a long way from his comedic work in The Hangover series. He is just coming off of an Academy Award nomination for best actor in a leading role. His performances in these last two films can tell you why. Ryan Gosling continues to improve with the roles that he chooses to do, and can only keep growing from here. As usual, Eva Mendes is lovely and charming in her performance, and Ray Liotta is the actor who just completes this good cast with his charism and talent. This is a film that you should definitely check out!