"All Good Things" (2010)

Rating: R:15
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: Andrew Jarecki
Written By: Marcus Hinchey, Marc Smerling
Released: December 3rd, 2010
Runtime: 101 minutes
Studio: Magnolia Pictures

Heir to a real-estate dynasty, David Marks (Ryan Gosling) lives in the shadow of his father, Sanford (Frank Langella). He takes a chance at true love when he meets Katie (Kirsten Dunst), a woman of modest origins who sees David's real worth as a person, not just his family's wealth. David and Katie marry and plan to build a life together, but their once-loving relationship deteriorates after David gives in to his father's demand that he work in the family business.

Hmm…I think this film is good up to a point, and from that point on, unfortunately not all good things can be said about this tragic ensemble. It kind of becomes something mundane, nothing really to get excited about. Then by the final 40 minutes or so it seemed to just turn down the crazy lane a little. I appreciate that the story is based on real events, real people, so as far as the plot, I can’t say much against that. I think it’s possibly the way they portrayed it. I lost my bearings and found all of a sudden, these things were happening and I was like “Hold on a minute, what?”

That being said, Kirsten Dunst is always a pleasure to watch in any role she’s in. Ryan Gosling is a fine actor as well. I’m sure many people differ in their opinion but say what you will, both these actors have yet to fall short in a role. They always do a great job no matter what the material.

I don’t think it’s particularly that this is a bad film. It’s not. It’s just…easily forgettable which is a shame because it starts out with much more promise than it lived up to. The story is also intriguing on paper. The mystery of unsolved murders and a missing-person; it should have been more engaging, it had the potential, in my opinion. There are more who know more about the real counterparts of this real-life tragedy who wonder why it was made at all. I don’t quite know what went wrong. It’s like baking with all the right ingredients but the finished result doesn’t quite taste the way you envisioned.

Still, it has its few moments of drama that at least keep you in the seat until the credits roll.