Sunday, May 29, 2011

All Good Things: Movie Review


   


Extreme manipulation in telling what could have been a great story.
The opening statement that this is "based on events that occurred" suggests how far it is from the true story. And that is its unfortunate downfall because "All Good Things" is a good movie. It's a good story with interesting characters portrayed by phenomenal actors with appealing atmosphere and engaging transitions to advance it along. 2010

Directed by: Andrew Jarecki

Screenplay by: Marcus Hinchey and Marc Smerling

Starring: Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst

Ryan Gosling in ALL GOOD THINGS, a Magnolia Pictures release.
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
Ryan Gosling is going to have to start being careful. If he keeps playing husbands who treat their wives horribly, nobody will marry him. Here, he plays David Marks, quietly-disturbed, rich, trust-fund kid and he just wants to be with a beautiful girl (Kirsten Dunst) and return to the basics of the country life style. Allowing other people to convince him that Katie's not happy, he returns to the questionable family business in New York City where it is made certain that nobody is, or will ever be, happy.

What I liked most about "All Good Things" (apart from the actors) was that it started as a romantic drama and slowly progressed into an all-out thriller and flipping the villain and victim around so it looks like innocence and guilt could never be placed. But then the filmmakers finally gave us some facts of the real story, and I realized how far off this was. The filmmakers were extremely heavy-handed in who they thought were the guilty parties, and that just seemed so wrong to me.
Kirsten Dunst in ALL GOOD THINGS, a Magnolia Pictures release.
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
Being a thriller about an unsolved disappearance/murder case, you can expect it to be violent. And it was kind of violent, but they could have told the exact same story and made it more interesting without any violence. But the little bit of violence really isn't the problem. The problem is their unprofessional way of implying what really happened. And that really is a problem because otherwise, "All Good Things" would have been a great movie. Unfortunately, I can't recommend it because I don't believe in such a distortion of the truth.


Recommended:

Orphan (2009) - A horror movie but completely based on characters and how they react.

The Conspirator (2010) - Telling the story of Mary Surrat without implying guilt or innocence.

Revolutionary Road (2008) - Extremes to how a couple will act when trying to fit into society.

A Single Man (2009) - Homophobia and suicide collide in 1960s Los Angeles.