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All Good Things 2010

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3.5 out of 5 stars (57) IMDb 6.3/10
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Inspired by one of the most notorious unsolved missing person cases in New York history, All Good Things is a love story and murder mystery set against the backdrop of a 1980‚s real estate dynasty. David Marks, the heir to his family‚s fortune, meets working class Katie and they flee the city for a simple life in the country. Eventually they are lured back to the city by his father, where David mysteriously turns more controlling and violent. When Katie disappears without a trace, and David‚s best friend turns up dead, David becomes the main suspect and the family‚s dark secrets lead the way to a disturbing truth.

Starring:
Frank Langella, John Doman
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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 41 minutes
Starring Frank Langella, John Doman, Diane Venora, Kirsten Dunst, Ryan Gosling, Trini Alvarado, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kristen Wiig, John Cullum, Philip Baker Hall
Director Andrew Jarecki
Genres Drama
Studio HIGH FLIERS
Rental release 18 February 2013
Main languages English

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Andrew Jarecki’s intriguing “inspired by a true story” film is part crime thriller, part doomed romance and part Freudian family study and most certainly one of the creepiest and unnerving movies I have watched in some time. There are three stand-out performances which dominate proceedings and raise the film beyond the quality of its often disjointed screenplay. Frank Langella as overbearing patriarch Sandford Marks, a powerful wealthy New York landlord of prime Manhattan commercial properties; Ryan Gosling as David, his charming, handsome but increasingly moody and unhinged eldest son; Kirsten Dunst as Katie, his attractive but increasingly troubled and scared wife. Although the narrative spans 30 years there is a sense that much is left untold and for some the concluding inferences may not be enough to satisfy expectations. If this is the case, I suggest viewing Jarecki’s 2015 documentary The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, the person this film is based on. Fact, or rather reality, it appears, can sometimes be much stranger than fiction.
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Based on a true life 'murder', this was very interesting and as far fetched as only true life can be. Ryan Gosling's performance as the husband was very disturbing.
Great chemistry between the two leads. Well worth a look.
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All Good Things is a film that's `based on a true story.' However, I've lost count of the amount of times I've seen those words, only to find that the movie was so loosely based on reality that it might as well have been Star Wars. Yet, with All Good Things, it really is based on a real murder/missing persons case in America from the eighties.

We see Ryan Gosling and Kristen Dunst meeting and falling in love. Everything seems idyllic until Gosling starts acting more and more strangely. Then his erratic behaviour starts to get physical and even violent. The strength of the movie as a story lies in its focus on a web of characters and their relationships to one another, rather than on the crimes themselves. We never see the actual violence, but only its effects on characters, and their subsequent efforts to conceal the truth, to escape from their situation, or to satisfy some personal need.

We're given plenty of visual ammunition with which to base our own conclusions on who may or may not be guilty of which crimes, mainly through alluding to deviant mental conditions or sexual preferences. None of these offer any real evidence, only circumstantial. However, despite leaving the viewer in the role of judge as to whether Gosling's character is guilty or innocent, the film is worth watching for the two leads' performances. They do well to get into some very difficult characters and the film is definitely worth a look.

So, not a great movie, but an engrossing entertainment if you are in the mood for a dark story that leaves you wondering how closely real events in fact matched up to this clever reconstruction.
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By Brit Boy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Dec. 2013
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'All Good Things' is a based on a real life murder/missing persons case that took place in America from the eighties. Given the nature of the story, the film adaption offers plenty of drama.

Set in 1970s New York City, household name Ryan Gosling once again proves himself as one of the most talented actors of his generation. The character he plays his time is David Marks, the son of a powerful man who owns acres of real estate. David falls in love with a beautiful student called Katie (played by Kirsten Dunst), and unlike himself, she comes from a working class family. Despite their different backgrounds, the couple are soon married and move to the country to own a heath food shop called 'All Good Things' and start a new life together. We quickly learn more about David's fractured past and after being lured back to their old hometown by his father, we see David turn controlling and violent, especially when Katie suggests having children, and when she becomes increasingly more independent. As secrets of his family are revealed, Katie disappears without a trace. When his best friend is found dead, the 20 year old missing persons case is reopened, with David as the prime suspect. All of the evidence is laid in front of the viewer, who can make up their own mind as to whether David Marks is innocent or guilty.

All of these happenings are told by himself in a flashback, at the start of the film he is seen taking about his life through interview. Within the first few minutes we know that his father is alive, and his mother passed away when David was only seven. We see home video footage of him as a little boy, looking like every other happy child, and playing with his mother.
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I purchased this film after I watched 'The Jinx - The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst' which is an excellent documentary about the true story which 'All Good Things' is based on. Given the fascinating source material and the fact that Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst star in this film (I like a few Gosling films and loved Dunst in Fargo season two) I had high hopes for this film, but it was a bit of a disappointment.

If you have already watched the Jinx, this is essentially just a film version of what is covered in the documentary but it's not a very polished film and I wasn't convinced by any of the acting. If you've never seen 'The Jinx' I suggest you purchase that instead of this film as it's much better and it's the true story.
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