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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

[6.75/10] All Good Things (2010)


All Good Things (2010)

Inspired by the real-life case of Robert Durst, who was suspected of murdering his wife, after she vanished without a trace in 1982, "All Good Things" is a love story and murder mystery set against the backdrop of a New York real estate dynasty in the 1980s. Warned by his father, that the common girl he loves will never be accepted into high society, the young scion, David Marks, throws caution to the wind and marries her regardless. Later, when the girl disappears and politics enter the picture, a suspicious series of deaths leave a haunted cop convinced that the truth is closer than anyone realizes. "All Good Things" is a dark and often depressing love story, surrounded by mystery, and although it lacks a strong emotional impact, the film is nicely-shot, brilliantly-acted and quite gripping. "All Good Things" is all about the two main characters and their odd, yet credible romance. The first part of the movie, where we witness the beautiful and charming relationship that developes between the two protagonists, is definitely the best part of the entire movie, as it's filled with passion, emotions and buckets of love. Unfortunately, after Katies' disappearance later on, the story becomes less intriguing and too muddled to hold viewer's attention. The acting is definitely the film's highlight, as both Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst deliver an award worthy performances as the cursed lovers, who despite having mixed feelings, are desperately in love with each other. Considering the fact that Ryan Gosling isn't given an easy material to work with, he's absolutely fantastic and downright disturbing as the confused and quietly demented David, traumatized by the loss of his mother. However, it's Kirsten Dunst that makes the biggest impression. I've never considered her a good actress, but with this performance, she proved me completely wrong. Dunst demonstrates a wide range of emotions including fragility, sensibility, anger and sadness, and she's absolutely incredible in protraying all these emotions. Without any doubts, Kirsten Dunst delivers the performance of her career. Furthermore, the chemistry between them two is charming and very believable, though when things get out of control, their love turns destructive and quite nightmarish. The supporting performances are quite good as well, with special mention goes to Philip Baker and Hall Frank Langella. "All Good Things" is also quite appealing, visually, as it has a beautifully authentic production design and appropriate pale-colored cinematography, that represent the 80s era quite well. Peculiar and often depressing, yet hugely engrossing and beautifully-acted, "All Good Things" is probably one of the saddest and most mysterious love stories ever put on film.

2 comments:

Melissa Bradley said...

Hadn't thought about seeing this, but I will definitely checking this out now. Kirsten Dunst has suffered from a lack of judgment with her scripts. As a child in Interview With A Vampire she was brilliant, but she has not risen to those heights in a very, very long time. Ryan Gosling continues to impress.

Nebular said...

It's not everyone's cup of tea, but I really liked it. And I was truly impressed with Dunst - she show some acting skills here. As for Gosling.. well, he's consistently good :)