All Good Things
In 1970s New York, David Marks (Ryan Gosling), the son of a successful real estate tycoon, marries working-class student, Katie McCarthy (Kirsten Dunst). They escape the city for a life in the country where they open up a health food store and are happy — only to be lured back by David’s father to work in the family business. Back in the big city, Katie returns to medical school and David starts having severe mood swings and decides that they don’t need to have children. The mood swings morph into violent and controlling behaviour leading up to Katie’s disappearance.
The film starts out ok, if a little on the slow side, and Gosling and Dunst make a great couple, with Gosling becoming increasingly violent the movie gets interesting.
But. Yes, there’s a but. The film just doesn’t flow right, and the whole based on a true story seems to be based on assumptions and no real facts (at least that’s how it’s shown on screen) yet passed off as reality. And this just bugs the hell out of me.
All Good Things isn’t a bad film as such, it’s just that it’s not a good film either.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read