I read the web-publication Filmmaker Magazine regularly. They publish each month a VOD-calendar with their picks and I have used…
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.
Does not include this film.
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…
Truth is stranger than fiction, so it's nearly impossible to cram the bizarre facts of Robert Durst's now infamous life into a feature-length drama that doesn't seem needlessly convoluted and unbelievable (even with an "inspired by real events" promise).
So now this dramatization exists as an inessential but interesting companion piece to The Jinx that doesn't totally stand up on its own.
... come to an end. And I wish this movie would have ended sooner, because this is really really bad.
It starts off OK , and I say OK in relation to how it all turns into a hell of a mess. But our love couple never gets lovable, and Ryan Gosling's character David has at least 3 totally different personalities throughout the film without me getting a real grip of why. And the only thing that's "spellbinding" about the story is how they could make it this uninteresting. It didn't bore me though, the slow pace was quite nice and the performances are solid. But it was, what can I say? ... Stupid. Yeah, that's the word I'm looking for. And ugly. It was really ugly looking.
Well, there you have it. A really stupid review. Now I can leave this film behind me and move on.
I finished The Jinx earlier and thought why not check out the fictional film also directed by Andrew Jarecki based on the life of Robert Durst? Here he's called David Marks and played by Ryan Gosling. Compared to the real life Durst that I just saw extensively interviewed for five hours, Gosling's portrayal doesn't seem quite as cold or timid, though most of the film is set during Marks/Durst's younger years which The Jinx didn't cover too much. He's clearly got problems, likely stemming from the fact that he saw his own mother commit suicide, but the film seems to try and tie up his issues too neatly, as if simply witnessing that moment alone made him become a possible…
For all intents and purposes, 'All Good things' served as a first draft for Jarecki's HBO documentary series 'The Jinx'. Apparently Robert Durst enjoyed this fictionalisation of his life and alleged murders so much that he contacted Jarecki and agreed to be interviewed.
I've only seen the first episode of 'The Jinx', and decided to watch this film without realising it was based on Durst (for all of 5 minutes). When 'The Jinx' is one of those series people talk about because they hardly believe it's real, how much chance does a film like this stand before it becomes a case of truth being stranger than fiction?
As if Jarecki realised this, he includes all of Durst's strange behaviour, but…
Peachy and soapy to begin with, All Good Things soon loses its flairs as it descents into sudden chaotic madness which felt way out of the ballpark for the director to handle.
Gosling and Dunst try their level best with some supreme acting but it all becomes a big mumble jumble that could have hit the stars but settles for the dust instead.
A movie can't really be categorized as a mystery if it ruins its own mystery. Unfortunately that is precisely what goes wrong here. I enjoy the story. It bodes well enough of a the makings of a good film, even if it is somewhat cliche in the annals of modern crime television. In fact I enjoy the promise of the premise enough to be entertained for the most part, particularly towards the end; but that is more a matter if personal preference. But they give me to much in the way of plot via storytelling. Not too much is left uncovered. Now, most mystery films provide some, if not all closure eventually, but to do so throughout somewhat ruins the…
This was a little boring, a little disinteresting; I had to take a break due to an internet outage and returned for the thriller portion following the romance. Good performances! Gosling is quite good in a simple role. You wouldn't want it on your highlight reel, and it's probably not on his highlight reel.
I had to try this one twice before I could get into it, but once I did get hooked I thought it was pretty good. I'm surprised that it has as low a score as it does on here. I think the whole movie starts to really come apart towards the end, but the first half kept me interested once I got into it.
The only major complaint I have is that this movie is supposed to be a thriller, but there's no suspense at all. Also, the storytelling tended to get a little muddled and confusing at times. I guess maybe that was the attempt at suspense...
Disappointing, at best. I don't understand the obsession with Ryan Gosling. He is lackluster. I think there was a lot of potential for this film, but it was very poorly executed. Pun intended. The pacing was all off and it was hard to really invest as a result. Some nice performances from smaller characters. I actually didn't hate Kristen Wiig in her limited role here. The set up of everything in this movie, down to the epilogue on the screen in the closing scenes, really made the whole thing seem like a lot of conjecture. Very unfulfilling. Kirsten Dunst is much more captivating than I usually give her credit for. Minus half a point for the implied doggy death.
It bored me to an extent BUT I appreciate the performances. LOVE Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst. Also, Kristen Wiig's "eat your salad" is too funny to not mention. I have to see The Jinx now?
En su momento se me pasó. La he recuperado por afán completista tras haber flipado con "The Jinx".
La experiencia vale como ejemplo para ilustrar dos acercamientos completamente diferentes a una misma historia, las diferencias entre el genero documental y la ficción basada en hechos reales. Sin tener mucho que ver pueden llegar a complementarse.
Definitivamente me quedo con el escalofrío que te provoca la serie.
¿Os acordáis de aquella teoría de Carlos Pumares según la cual las películas, independientemente de su resultado final, siempre tenían que intentar conseguir un momento, un detalle de guión, una imagen, memorable que perdurara en la mente del espectador? Bien, pues cuando me pregunten, te acuerdas de aquella película "All good Things", siempre compondré en mi cabeza la imagen de ese Ryan Gosling travestido como si hubiera salido de un episodio de Pippie Calzaslargas.
It's very well made, that's for sure. Ryan Gosling's old man make-up is a bit shit though
Il film che ha dato inizio a tutto e che poi è sfociato nella miniserie "The Jinx".
Un bambino nato ina delle famiglie più potenti e facoltose di New York che assiste al suicidio della madre; divenuto adulto si sposa ma la moglie scompare, poi anni dopo, viene arrestato per aver ucciso e fatto a pezzi un pensionato che viveva nella sua stessa casa.
Sembra fiction, ma è la dannata realtà.
[MANY UPDATES MADE TO THE COUNTS BELOW (7/26/14); MORE UPDATES TO COME]
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