“I’ve never been closer to anyone, and I don’t know you at all.”
Directed by: Andrew Jarecki
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst
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.
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.
A poor man’s Gone Girl.
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