All Good Things (2010) Mini Review

“I’ve never been closer to anyone, and I don’t know you at all.”

Directed by: Andrew Jarecki

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst

Official synopsis:

Inspired by a true story of the most notorious unsolved missing person’s case in New York history. All Good Things is a love story and murder mystery set against the backdrop of a New York real estate dynasty in the 1980s. Produced and directed by Andrew Jarecki (director of the Academy Award-nominated Capturing the Friedmans and producer of Catfish), this psychological thriller was inspired by the disappearance of Kathie McCormack, wife of real estate heir Robert Durst. Mr. Durst was suspected but never tried for killing his wife Kathie who disappeared in 1982 and was never found.

Mini Review:

All Good Things is an intriguing film built on an interesting premise, which at times manages to drag itself to a numbing pace that kills any momentum the movie is in danger of building. Fortunately the performances of Dunst and Gosling in the central roles elevate proceedings and make the film perfectly watchable, if not the most memorable experience.

The problem with basing a film on events that are fairly vague historically is that you are in danger of a ending up with a fairly vague conclusion to the story, and so is the case with All Good Things. Whilst the destination may not be the most satisfying, the journey to it is worth the watch for the convincing turns from the two leads (particularly Gosling). At it’s best, All Good Things is gripping, and it’s worst a touch dull, leaving the end result to be a little bit middling.

In short:

A poor man’s Gone Girl.

Rating (out of 5):
2.5 Stars

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. gabsocool says:

    I have to agree that Gosling and Dunst’s perfomances were really the highlight of the movie. thumbs up…. good little review

    I’m 15 just started a blog do you mind checking it out and telling me what you think. I wish I could structure my sentences in a better way, do you have any advice.

    thanks,

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Luke Kent says:

      Thanks for your kind words, glad you liked the review.

      Gosling and Dunst rescued it for me, they had a great chemistry together!

      Not a problem, I’ll check out your blog now and will leave a comment 🙂

      Like

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