Movie Review ~ Ryan Gosling

I thought I would start today's post off like this...
I mean, he's gorgeous! But, have seen any of his recent movies lately? 

I feel like Ryan is trying to do these gritty indie flicks.  I get it, I really do.  Usually when actors do that it is because they feel stuck in this "idea" that Hollywood has created of them.  They also usually do it to prove how amazing they are! Ryan is a really talented actor, but I think he's choosing bad movies.  Not all of them, but a good amount of them. Out of the indie flicks that he's done in the past few years I would say 3 of them were really good and totally worth his time. 

               
Half Nelson is about a teacher that is hooked on crack.  He develops a friendship with one of his female students that ends up saving both of their lives.
Lars and the Real Girl is about a young man with aspergers syndrome.  He orders himself an anatomically correct sex doll, Bianca.  He believes her to be his girlfriend and takes her everywhere.  Without knowing it Lars and Bianca touch the town in a profound way.  Ryan plays Lars spectacularly.  He really is quite talented.
Blue Valentine is about a couple.  We see when and how they meet.  How their relationship develops and where they are today.  The acting by both Ryan and Michelle Williams is absolutely fantastic.  I believe them as a couple.  Every line and scene they have is moving.

In my opinion, he should have stopped there.


All Good Things was horrible and boring.  I didn't believe they ever really loved each other.  They start off all in love and living in the country being vegan/hippy/happy people.  Then, of course, Kirsten Dunst's character gets pregnant and they revert to daddie's wallet, move to the city, and suck at life. Ryan does a complete 180 and goes psycho crazy on his wife.... That's all I'm going to say.
Drive...I was so bored during this movie that I don't remember most of it.  I think it was about a stunt driver who decided to help with a robbery by driving the get away car.  For a movie involving fast cars, it was really really S-L-O-W. Now, there are some people who enjoyed Drive, but I was not one of them.


The Place Beyond the Pines - his most recent indie flick.  He's all tatted up and has bleached hair and is just gross.  I would not tap that! haha!  His acting in Pines was good, but I just don't care for these roles he's been doing recently. I don't think this movie did anything for him.  He plays a stunt bike rider who robs banks.  Wait, didn't he just do that in drive, except with a car???

He's a great actor!  We already know this.  

Ryan needs to take a page from Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  Joe had his young tv/teen-movie time with 3rd Rock From the Sun, 10 Things I Hate About You, Halloween H20, and Angels in the Outfield (as did Ryan with Mickey Mouse Club & Young Hercules).  Joe disappeared for a bit and did a couple indie flicks: Brick, The Lookout and 500 Days of Summer.  Then BOOM!  He's doing amazing and high profile projects - Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Lincoln, etc.  Now he's writing and directing his own stuff (Don Jon looks freaking hilarious).

“I’ve been doing it too much. I’ve lost perspective on what I’m doing. I think it’s good for me to take a break and reassess why I’m doing it and how I’m doing it. And I think this is probably a good way to learn about that. I need a break from myself as much as I imagine the audience does.”
I agree, Ryan has lost perspective.  My advice ~ be picky with your work and stop dating slutty girls (sorry, not a fan of Eva Mendes...mostly b/c she's not me..haha).  You don't have to do every script that comes your way.  Being as high profile as he is, he can do whatever he wants.  He needs to be more particular about his work.

Hopefully, after his time off, he'll come back with a bang!  I have faith in the actor who once portrayed a man we all love...