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All Good Things
The perfect love story. Until it became the perfect crime.
"All Good Things" is a love story and murder mystery based on the most notorious unsolved murder case in New York history. The original screenplay uses newly discovered facts, court records and speculation as the foundation for an imaginative spellbinding story of family, obsession, love and loss.
The story of billionaire and property heir, Robert Durst, is a fascinating one full of twists and unresolved questions which makes this loose retelling of his life and possible murder of his wife all the more disappointing. All Good Things, named after the health food shop the pair opened in the ‘70s, is little more than a TV crime-movie-of-the-week with an A-list cast as Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst struggle to elevate the lacklustre material.
Gosling stars as David Marks (the film remains reasonably faithful to the events but still changes the character names), a troubled man who is heir to a New York property fortune. He marries a young student (Dunst) before she goes missing in 1982 under dubious…
Gosling, Dunst, Langella, this could have been so much better. Mystery, conspiracy and intrigue galore as this take on the life of accused murderer Robert Durst is brought to the screen. Name changes and some very ambiguous overtones provide just enough detail to hook you in. Gosling's mentally unstable protagonist is just that, a nutter. Cross-dressing, killing pooches and numerous others misdemeanors show Gosling as yet again very flexible. Miles away from a heartthrob, this is another of those roles he seems especially keen to do. Outsiders displaying fragile cracks in their psyche and in this case with homicidal tendencies, Gosling does like complex characters.
Set in the seventies with more twists than a pretzel factory, this does need concentration.…
Gosling,Dunst,Langella,this had the makings of a great thriller. Unfamiliar with the real life case this is based on and the crazy goings-on involved I never quite knew where this film was going.
Dunst is as ever alluring and displays a vulnerability that sets the tone of a topsy-turvy tale of mental instability. We have seen Gosling as a troubled soul before,most notably in "The United States Of Leland" but here he moves between manic and psychotic with ease. Unsettling to say the least,he really is a man of many faces.
Described as a love story and mystery wrapped into one,I failed to spot much of a love story. Tension filled from the off,the dvd cover is very misleading. Mystery,murder,cross-dressing? Odd but with enough to keep you interested and guessing right to the end.
Based on the real life mystery of real estate investor Robert Durst's wife Kathleen McCormack's disappearance. Andrew Jarecki experiments with facts and dramatizes ambiguous events in a way that adds layers to the story. If dealt with poorly, this could have turned into an ugly and exploitive warping of reality for the sake of drama.
Marcus Hinchey and Marc Smerling's script focuses heavily on the psychological elements of the subject, making this very much so a character-driven film. Ryan Gosling plays Robert Marks and Kirsten Dunst plays Katie McCarthy (obviously fictionalized portrayals of Robert Durst and Kathleen McCormack). At first they get by solely with their attractive charms, but as we get deeper into a very complex story, their darker…
Somebody told me this was a love story. They were lying.
Based on a real life case, albeit an unsolved one, the film works as an excellent crime mystery, wherever the truth may lie. Led brilliantly by Ryan Gosling the story is executed well enough, but it does drag in places and doesn't pull you in enough towards the end, becoming a little dull at around the half way point. Gosling and Kirsten Dunst have a great chemistry nevertheless, and I would like to see a full romantic drama starring them in the leads as their performances were fantastic.
I've heard a lot of people say All Good Things is Ryan Gosling's worst film or at least close to it. I'd say, along with Lars and the Real Girl, it's my least favorite of what I've seen but it wasn't bad. Gosling was fine, as was the rest of the cast. I think the issue here is the story. It's based on true events, but going by the film, it was a story not interesting enough to make into a movie. It's a story better suited for the news or maybe an investigation show. As a film, I found it just average and not something I care to watch again.
Adapting the still unsolved murder case of Kathie McCormack, director Andrew Jarecki (Capturing the Freidmans) dramatizes a fractured narrative of sadomasochism, substance abuse, and cross dressing. Despite succeeding as an eccentric curiosity, the picture’s identity crisis is as severe as the protagonist’s. Initially playing like a Lifetime movie warning women to stay away from well-dressed real estate moguls, the latter part of the picture is largely told subjectively through Gosling’s character. As the film begins, the point-of-view is in constant fluctuation in order to conveniently obscure the most grisly aspects of Mark’s dark side. Later on, Gosling appears in virtually every frame, and the film seems to wish to be a psychoanalytic drama as much as it does a thriller. Well-acted but uneven, All Good Things is an awkward hodgepodge that never quite satisfies.
Started well - but turned out a disappointment . Swerve this one .
David Marks is a member of a wealthy New York family who falls in love for a small time sweetheart Katie. Davids troubled past haunts the pairs marriage eventually ending with the disappearance of Katie in 1983. Roughly twenty years later the case is reopened and her husband David is identified as a key suspect.
The problem I have with this film is the same problem I have with Zodiac...there is no resolution. The case of David Marks is very much unresolved and open to interpretation. The film decides to make its own strong interpretations of the potential events occurring over the twenty years. And this is what I have issue with. The film essentially makes recreations of how the…
This was one of those LoveFilm surprises - I don't remember putting it on my film list but I guess I must have as it turned up at my doorstep with a great cast list and an intriguing plot summary. But this film is a real none-event, dull as hell.
A pretty disappointing thriller than i think could have been done a lot better. The film starts well but as the main character starts to go a bit mad, its downhill from there. Its not particularly well made, not bad but not good. Its a story central film, but the story lacks anything of any value, it is slow and jumps a lot, you move forward 18 years to the future, which is a massive jump. The performances are good by both ryan gosling and kirsten dunst. Ryan gosling is a good actor but is usually in bad films, this is one to add to the collection
Competent, intriguing, remarkably complex and very, very sad film. I thought it was going to be a (fictional) murder mystery sort of thing but it's not fictional, and bigger and deeper than that - it's more about families, relationships, ambition, love, time, and grief.
Gosling does the stony-faced inner torture thing very well actually. I tend to think he's a little bit one-note, or definitely more believable when he's not acting 'happy', and there is not too much happy in this film so that works. Strong, subtle performances all round really - Frank Langella is consistently great in everything - and nice cinematography.
I kind of wished it wasn't based on a true story - for one thing because it…
This film was on the shelf for years, and still hasn't received a proper distribution and, after watching All Good Things, it's clear to see why. It's based on a juicy real-life unsolved murder case, it stars hot young things Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst, and is directed by Andrew Jarecki, who made the truly jaw-dropping documentary Capturing the Friedmans; it really has no excuse to be this dull. It just sort of meanders along without the emotional weight needed to make the depicted events hit home, and the less said about Gosling's old-man make-up or the decision to turn him into a mute woman (it may have been based fact but it comes across as laughable) the better. I wasn't engrossed or connected like I should have been, and didn't feel for the characters or their plight. Shame Kristen Wiig was only in it for 2 scenes too.
Odio escribir estos comentario, "no es una mala pelicula pero pudo ser mejor" o "Tiene una historia interesante pero no supieron como desarrollarla" pero creo que esas 2 lineas explican de manera acertada este film porque en realidad la historia en si es muy interesante. Me gustaron las actuaciones por parte de Ryan Gosling y Kristen Dunst, lamentablemente eso es lo único rescatable, puesto que la escenografía y la dirección de esta pelicula fue pésima al igual que el uso de la banda sonora, ya que no genero en el ambiente tensión alguna, ni mucho menos suspenso. En fin, me pareció una pelicula hecha para la televisión.
This based-on-true-events film suffers sort of the same issues that Blow, in my opinion. Wikipedia does an excellent job of summarizing my thoughts, so I've pasted this below:
The consensus was: "It's well-acted, and the true story that inspired it offers plenty of drama—which is why it's so frustrating that All Good things is so clichéd and frustratingly ambiguous." Both Kirsten Dunst and Ryan Gosling have been praised for their performances. Roger Ebert awarded the film three and a half out of four stars, applauded Dunst's performance, and said, "I don't understand David Marks after seeing this film, and I don't know if Andrew Jarecki does."
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