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All Good Things 2010

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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:
Diane Venora, Frank Langella
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

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

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3.4 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Dec. 2013
Format: DVD
'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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Jan. 2014
Format: DVD
Okay, let's forget the end which sort of fizzled out, on the whole the film was FANTASTIC. The acting, the suspense, the chemistry, a true psychological thriller!

The beginning (rich boy and average girl falling in love, getting married) was fast-paced and involving, and then, the strange things started to happen. I thought the building up of something unknown and malicious was very cleverly done, the wickedness of David Marks, brilliantly portrayed by Ryan Gosling, was palpable. Of course we never know did he, did he not, of course we are not sure if he is crazy or if the world is playing a joke on him, but one thing is clear - Ryan Gosling is one brilliant actor - the scenes where he plays a woman are a punch to your stomach!

And Kirsten Dunst, she plays her role so well, she effortlessly and so believably portrays a woman confused to comprehend who her husband truly is. And who is David Marks (a character based on a suspect in one of the most notorious missing person case of the New York history, still unsolved)?

Recommended, if you love psychological thrillers, eerie films based on real stories and/or Ryan Gosling.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Jan. 2014
Format: DVD
Throughout this film I kept wondering, "Just who is this family? What is this all about?" 'All Good Things' is a story taken from true life. A wealthy real estate dealer and his two sons live in a large mansion in Long Island. It appears the mother committed suicide, and one would surmise that one reason is the father Sanford Marks, played by Frank Langella.. A mean often vicious man who always gets what he wants, no overtly physical abuse, but plenty of emotional abuse is apparent.

David Marks, played by Ryan Gosling, the younger son seems meek and mild and has no interest in his father's family business. He meets a young woman Katie, played by Kirsten Dunst, they marry, go off to Vermont and set up an organic food store, 'All Good Things', where they are very happy. Enters dad, telling them he will no longer support this lifestyle and they move back to New York. It is here that things fall apart. David is lifeless and listless, Katie goes onto college wanting to become a physician. But time takes it's toll, the marriage falls apart and Katie goes missing.

Kirsten Dunst plays this role to the hilt, as a woman at a loss to understand who her husband really is, and I had the same question throughout the film. Who is David, really? . The man we first met, the man she married has completely changed. Was he hiding some sort of psychotic imbalance? The rest of the film is creepy in a sense. We view the film from different episodes, past and present. Ryan Gosling certainly plays this character well, keeping us and himself off balance. The fact that this is a true story is eerily chilly.

Recommended For Those Who Enjoy Suspense And Confusion. prisrob 01-19-14
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By caz on 8 Aug. 2013
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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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