David Marks (Ryan Gosling) is a privileged, yet troubled young man, stemming from an extremely wealthy background, who is suspected of murdering his own wife, Katie Marks (Kirsten Dunst). This tragic love story, turned murder mystery, is based on one of New York’s most notorious unsolved murder cases. An at times gripping film that was originally released in 2010, and is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
Director: Andrew Jarecki
Writers: Marcus Hinchey, Marc Smerling
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, Frank Langella
It has to be said that stories based around true crime can sometimes be tricky to translate onto the big screen, especially when there’s an ungodly amount of information and theories to include. If you’re able to subtract various fictional aspects of All Good Things, then you’ll probably be in agreement that this seemed like a valid portrayal of a twisted family, trying to cope with the demons that linger around them.
One of the primary things that struck me was the way in which the filmmakers decided to divide the film, pretty clearly into two halves. The first half managed to paint a good picture of a seemingly perfect relationship that was going from strength to strength, before suddenly delving into a rather complex, dysfunctional and shocking story that came from out of nowhere. Something else that stood out would have to be the pacing issues at times, especially when you compare the first part of the film, which flowed quite well, to the last part, which seemed a little rushed, with a large amount of content needing to be covered – possible a little too much content.
With that being said, some viewers would be able to forgive the filmmaker for these minor issues, especially as the movie only had a modest runtime of one-hundred minutes and was set over a multitude of different timelines, starting in and around the early 1980’s and concluding around the 2000’s. A slightly longer runtime would certainly have been helpful.
In terms of the cast, Ryan Gosling adopted the role of David Marks, the man accused of murdering his own wife, while Kirsten Dunst portrayed Katie Marks – the wife of the accused. Both seemed comfortable in their roles, while Frank Langella also appeared as Sanford Marks and featured heavily throughout. Elsewhere, the most notable support came from Lily Rabe and Philip Baker Hall, who starred as Deborah and Malvern, respectively.
Ultimately, this may have had its fair share of issues, but if you’re interested in films based on or around true crime, then this could be a good watch for you, especially if you’re unaware of the case on a whole. It’s worth nothing that All Good Things is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
“My father always said to only regret the things you didn’t do not the things you did.”Katie Marks – All Good Things