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…
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.…
Competent enough, but The Jinx is the far surperior Jarecki project about Robert Durst. This one just sort of meanders about, though Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst are both great in it.
Having watched this after watching The Jinx multiple times, I do find it amusing that Jarecki made sure to include Durst's habit of talking to himself in this film, then years later it would one of the things that would ultimately lead to his downfall in The Jinx.
This shit was so awful. I've never wished I could unwatch a movie and I've never had a least favorite movie but this is it. This is such shit.
Not a bad film per se, but still problematic. Even though All Good Things is an enjoyable dark drama, I suggest just watching The Jinx instead - the story is what will keep you interested. Ryan Gosling is ridiculously miscast in this, and on top of that there was some really weird makeup going on that didn't help his case.
Amazing film. So disturbing. Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst were fabulous.
I hate how they referred to Kate as a 'beautiful student' or 'beautiful young woman' or 'beautiful wife of...'. I know it's a minor thing but it irks me a lot. And old Gosling's makeup was weird.
Frustrante saber que a história deste filme foi baseada em fatos verídicos. Fiquei realmente abismado e fui correndo pesquisar tudo sobre o impressionante (no pior sentido da palavra) Robert Dunst, que é um verdadeiro psicopata.
Mas, sobre o filme: particularmente acho que funciona. Tive alguns problemas com o início, pois achei muito lento, a coisa demorou a avançar, a engrenar – mesmo sendo importante, frisando como era David Marks e como ele se transformou ao longo dos 101 minutos de projeção. Quando sua relação com Katie já está mais estabelecida e os problemas domésticos começam a surgir, fiquei mais vidrado, mais curioso e consideravelmente mais tenso.
Gostei da direção do Andrew Jarecki. É interessante sua abordagem para com o personagem…
Kristen Wiig is probably the best part of this movie.
Lots of people don't like this movie, but I did. I will say that I probably enjoyed it more having already seen THE JINX prior - it makes for a good companion piece.
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