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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.
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…
This did not get massively good reviews but I liked it a lot. Not only because it is based on an unsolved real life possible murder mystery, and not only for Ryan Gosling. Somehow it just was entertaining for me and that is what counts!
The Notebook meets Lifetime-tier crime movie.
I wish Alfred Hitchcock could be temporarily resurrected to make a fictional Robert Durst movie. All the elements are there: a man on the run in unusual circumstances, guilt and suspicion, blackmail, blondes, mommy issues, men who try conceal their true faces from even themselves. With the spoiled narcissism of Bruno Anthony, the cold selfishness of Uncle Charlie and the plain weirdness of Norman Bates, the Durst character could have been a Hitchcock villain for the ages. As it is, this movie stalls where it should glide and skims where it should scrutinize.
All Good Things may be closer to real life than the loosely Gein-inspired Psycho, but as a narrative film (unlike the riveting documentary The Jinx), Hitchcock is the director who could most deftly tailor satisfying drama with the tragic reality.
Keeping the Gosling fest going. This was a good heavy movie with some solid acting. It fell a bit flat towards the end but there is only so much they can do with an unsolved case.
Inspired by the life of Robert Durst, an accused murderer on three separate occasions without conviction. Having recently watched the Jinx (a series of interviews with Robert Durst); All Good Things becomes a rather surreal experience. Ryan Gosling struggles to capture Durst's persona as if it's a man he doesn't understand although it's difficult to criticize Gosling for that. The pacing of the film is frankly terrible, most of the film focuses on Durst (or Ryan Marks here) and his wife and her disappearance, the film then rushes through the two other murders he was involved in with little quality. Kirsten Dunst steals the show although there is another reason to watch All Good Things and that is how accurately it foreshadows events in Durst's real life. Without giving away any spoilers, it just makes a very strange cases even stranger.
Not bad, but not great. Drags a bit in the first act due to a subplot that feels a little contrived, but necessary to push the overall narrative forward and it really picks up afterward. The depiction of Gosling's unraveling is probably the best part along with the short lived chemistry w/ Dunst. So I can see why they picked this, but the movie feels average otherwise. It's just missing something. It could've been worse, though.
It's, of course, been rendered obsolete by Jarecki's The Jinx, which updates the story. But his skill as a documentarian clearly exceeds his chops as a fictional storyteller. Robert Durst (or "David Marks" here) is a fascinating case, but this is executed with the stale dramatic prowess of a late-night TV movie. It's startlingly cheap, despite the expensive names it managed to catch onto. And in the end, it seems like the 2010 equivalent of Black Mass -- a truly riveting story directed as though the script was a mere Wikipedia article. What a waste.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
two and a half stars for kirsten dunst's weird little tits
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