Andrew Jarecki’s fictionalized story of the sensational case surrounding Robert Durst, oddball/black sheep son in a very wealthy NYC real estate family, has now been overshadowed by his own HBO documentary, The Jinx, about the man himself.
In All Good Things Jarecki casts Ryan Gosling as the misfit rich son with the specter his mother’s suicide colouring his psychology. His relationship with Kirsten Dunst seems to absolve him of his demons and quirks, at least initially, but things sour here too over time.
Having seen the documentary series makes the strange twists in this film seem almost mundane despite their bizarre nature… and trying to separate the two recasts the fiction in paler light. With benefit of hindsight All Good Things would have benefited from a more operatic, gaudy tone… given the much much larger than life aspects of its central character. Instead we have a mildly twisted take on a very twisted true to life case.