A great cast featuring Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst and Frank Langella, a talented director in Andrew Jarecki, and a ripped-from-the-headlines murder mystery would normally have us foaming at the mouth. But any rational person knows that "All Good Things" will ultimately be a disappointment.
"All Good Things" is based on the true-life story of Robert Durst, scion of a wealthy New York real estate family who at the age of 7 watched his mother fall -- or possibly jump -- to her death off the family's home. He went on to become a cross-dressing suspected murderer who was once arrested trying to shoplift a sandwich and band-aids, despite having $500 in his pocket.
“Because it is impossible to know exactly what happened, we have not tried to replicate the history of the case, but to capture the emotion and complexity of this unsolved mystery that has for years been kept hidden from public view," Jarecki told the Los Angeles Times.
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The film was apparently given a stealth release in July to make it eligible for the Oscars. Considering the cast and director, a "re-release" in December as part of an Academy Awards push is understandable, but if this film was that good, it would've seen the light of day long before now. Instead, it's been sitting in a vault for more than a year.
And, besides, the only Ryan Gosling film that's going to be in the Oscar hunt will be "Blue Valentine."