All Good ThingsDecember 9, 2010
Mr. David Marks was suspected but never tried for killing his wife Katie who disappeared in 1982, but the truth is eventually revealed.
Release Year: 2010
Rating: 6.3/10 (12,281 voted)
Critic's Score: 57/100
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, Frank Langella
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 a story of family, obsession, love and loss.
Writers: Marcus Hinchey, Marc Smerling
Philip Baker Hall
The Perfect Love Story. Until It Became The Perfect Crime.
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Release Date: 9 December 2010
Filming Locations: Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
Opening Weekend: $37,172
(5 December 2010)
(3 April 2011)
Did You Know?
Ryan Gosling felt so bad about a scene he had to pull Kirsten Dunst's hair, he sent her flowers the day after.
When Katie is in the bathroom after searching through David's office, she lights a cigarette out of a pack of Parliament's but the cigarette she lights isn't a Parliament.
For the record, tell the ladies and gentlemen of the jury your name.
I'm David Marks.
Spectacular performances by Dunst and Gosling!
"All Good Things" is a love story and murder mystery set against the
backdrop of a New York real estate dynasty in the 1980s. Directed by
Andrew Jarecki (director of the Academy Award-nominated doc Capturing
the Friedmans), the film was inspired by the story of Robert Durst,
scion of the wealthy Durst family. Mr. Durst was suspected but never
tried for killing his wife Kathie who disappeared in 1982 and was never
found. The film stars Ryan Gosling as David Marks, Kirsten Dunst as
Katie McCarthy, and Frank Langella as David's father, Sanford Marks.
From the beginning, the relationship between Gosling and Dunst is very
intriguing and interesting; possibly the best part of the story. Their
chemistry is very believable and charming. As David and Katie start
their lives together, everything seems perfect. However, all good
things must come to an end.
David's father does not approve of Katie or of David's lifestyle.
Disappointment is all he sees in his son. David seeks to please his
father, even if that risks his own happiness. Katie becomes
increasingly independent, hoping for more out of their happy life and
marriage. David likes things as they are. Soon enough, secrets from his
past slowly begin to surface, resulting in mistakes and consequences
that cannot be changed. I won't mention details into David's past, but
it soon becomes apparent that this happy marriage wasn't meant to be.
Jarecki does a very good job of showing us a perfect marriage as it
slowly crumbles and falls into nothing. It's very effective, and at
times, tough to watch.
Although it is difficult to get into his character, Gosling is superb.
He does the best of what can be done with a character that isn't given
easy material to work with. It's quite sad to see a character who
obviously needs help, but is never able to get it. Dunst gives an
incredible performance. She stole the show. Her character is of a woman
who loves her "prince charming" with everything that she has, but as
their relationship dies, she slowly disintegrates into an abused mess.
Dunst gives one of the best performances of her career.
The first half of the film was good. Jarecki, however, did have issues
with piecing together the second half of the film. This is when the
supporting characters of the film became an important part in moving
the story along. Truthfully, we did not know or care enough about some
of these characters. It was difficult becomes there was no one that we
could really root for. It was still interesting, but not nearly as good
as the first half. Everyone gave great performances. Lily Rabe, Kristen
Wiig, and Philip Baker Hall were wonderful. Not one bad performance out
of the entire cast.
"All Good Things" is an intriguing story that studies two people as
they rise to their greatest, but unfortunately fall to their worst. The
performances make this film worthwhile. The film isn't perfect, but I
found it to be a very interesting portrayal of a true story that will
clearly blow your mind.