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.
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.…
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…
After finishing The Jinx on HBO, I couldn't get enough of the true story of Robert Durst. What a terrifying old man. So I saw the director's 2010 semi biographical film was on Netflix. Being a huge fan of the Goz, I had to check it out.
It's a pretty solid film, although my one gripe is it feels unbalanced. It spends a good 75% of the runtime showing the couple, falling in love, having difficulties, etc. When in actuality, the disappearance and other murder charges/cases are much more interesting to me. I get it had to be made for an audience, and those not familiar with the case would probably care more about the broken married/failed love story; but I'm the opposite. I like the true crime aspect.
Still, good performances, and solid camera work.
Good cast, good director, interesting story
Doesn't add up to a very good movie though.
This movie is very disjointed, and instead of having an ending it just stopped and decided it was time to roll the credits.
It's unfortunate since the source material is so intriguing. The Writers and Director were trying too hard to mirror true events with a vague courtroom proceeding as a wraparound device. It would have been better to take full creative license with the plot and just slap "Based on a real story" on the poster.
Watch the Director's much better effort to convey this story, The Jinx (HBO Documentary Series), instead.
This semi-fictional retelling of the life and some of the crimes of Robert Durst (here named David Marks) is explored much more fully and satisfactorily in Jarecki's own documentary series that he made this year, 'The Jinx'.
While it shows at times an interesting visual touch, it just feels incredibly dull and inert, not really delving enough into what makes the character of David Marks tick and what lead him to commit the crime which is central to the story. I like Ryan Gosling as an actor, but he isn't given much to work with here, same with Dunst.
Jarecki is one of the most compelling and masterful documentarians around as evidenced by his absolutely stunning works 'Capturing the Friedmans' and the aforementioned 'The Jinx', this single foray into conventional narrative filmmaking shows that he lacks that same deft touch in all areas.
Watch The Jinx first.
This dude lived a wild life and this movie is about that.
A really dull and lackluster depiction of the events of Robert Durst's life, All Good Things is really only notable for the fact that it eventually allowed director Andrew Jarecki to make The Jinx.
A fictional account of the Robert Durst story. Crazy that he managed to stay out of jail for all those years. As for the movie, not bad. Very average.
[MANY UPDATES MADE TO THE COUNTS BELOW (7/26/14); MORE UPDATES TO COME]
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