All Good Things Reviews
David Marks is the son of a famous and rich father of a law firm. David wants a different life that is more simple and he marries a beautiful simple girl that is down for whatever he is down with. David does not want a family and is eventually pulled back into the family business. His wife starts to crack and so does their relationship.
"Late. Always late. Anyone who didn't know you would think you're busy."
Andrew Jarecki delivers All Good Things in his directorial debut. The storyline for this picture is very interesting and well done in a Gone Girl kind of way. The movie is intense and the evolution of the characters is very well portrayed. The cast delivers awesome performances and includes Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, Lily Rabe, and Frank Langella.
"We're just the custodians. This guy owns the place."
I came across this on Netflix and had to add it to my queue. This was better than I anticipated and I am a little surprised this is rated so low on Rottentomatoes. This isn't as good as Gone Girl, which is elite in the genre, but this is just a hair down. I recommend seeing this.
"I agreed to go into the family business."
In contrast to the critics' opinions, I think the key to this story is Ryan Gosling's acting. Not an actor I've ever really rated before, he is really spooky and believable as the hyper-controlled and very disturbed main character. In the final segment of the film he goes off the rails very nicely, too.
There are lots of nice noir notes in the presentation, which set the story on edge without ever going over the top. Kirsten Dunst is convincing, if bland.
One of those perfectly fine films that somehow still only amounts to a lot of effort put into a story that by the end simply isn't really worth it. There's at times a TV movie of the week feel to this; although it's a decent quality TV movie with plenty of period detail and a strong leading roles. Gosling's character is a very hard character to get behind, and that's even before he becomes overly shady. There are some twists and turns to the story, and by the end Gosling's character's behaviour is very odd adding some much needed interest, but it just isn't enough to make this a small step up from ordinary and forgettable.