75/100 (101 min, 2010)
Plot: Mr. David Marks was suspected but never tried for killing his wife Katie who disappeared in 1982, but the truth is eventually revealed.
Writers: Marcus Hinchey, Marc Smerling
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst and Frank Langella
The Disappearance of Katie Marks
Ironically entitled "All Good Things" is a fascinating and peculiar movie - inspired by true events it begins as if it was a standard romantic comedy, then it becomes family drama only to transform into thriller and then changes into something that would probably be one of Norman Bates's favorite movies. This transformation never feels too bizarre because the film does good job in immersing the story with odd feelings and nuances throughout, but the real story the film revolves around at the very least deserved much better script.
David is a young man, who comes from a wealthy home and he wants nothing to do with family business or becoming his father's heir. One day,during a "meet cute" he meets Katie, lively, lovely and sweet girl who isn't a match for his social or financial status. Nonetheless, or perhaps because of that since it fits into his quiet rebellion against his father, he immediately asks her out and brings her to his house. The girl, though astonished, can totally hold her own, while David remains very shy and puzzlingly quiet as his father throws disapproving looks and scathing remarks his way.
Soon David and Katie marry and they set up organic food store by the name, you guessed it, "All Good Things". The movie's ending which will return to those times, with Katie peacefully walking around on the grass in the film's final moments seems to ask the question - had they stayed there would any of this happen? Probably to some extent, yes, as it mostly comes back to David and his massive issues. Had they stayed there would she still live? Probably yes, since the money weren't involved and it would be much easier to escape.
There's something wrong with David. Katie catches him speaking to himself. He is very quiet. He doesn't want children nor does he want to discuss it. With time he becomes increasingly violent and bizarre. The director doesn't show us the rage slowly escalating and building up - he shows us the explosions of it, sometimes from the protagonists points of view - when David forcefully drags Katie out of her family house - sometimes form the view of bystanders - the neighbors who let Katie in through the window, after she was beaten up by David. It's is effective in a sense that we are as shocked as everyone around David - he is like a ticking bomb, but nobody even realizes how violent and dangerous he may be.
She kept coming back for money she needed for her studying. But here lies the true weakness of the movie - as much as the scattered point of view and non-linear narration works for some moments, when it comes to showing the relationship between Katie and David it really hurts the movie. It's not clear when love ended and when codependency was all that was left. There are scenes where Katie cares about David, but then she looks cold, then she cares again, and then yet again she's with him because she can't leave. It's very confusing and the character of Katie is believable despite the script and only because of Kirsten Dunst's excellent work.
David is a sick man, what's he sick of we don't know but it's almost certain that it's not just one thing. He is locked in within himself with whatever trauma he experienced, he hardly talks and all of that made me think how on Earth did he get Katie to marry him and love him. Whatever it was one thing is certain - David doesn't even appear to want her to look at him lovingly - he is confident she will never leave, because he knows that in the minute she put on a wedding ring it was as if she put on handcuffs. She depends on his money and if she left despite that, he would probably deal with her the other way.
The film has a wonderful musical score which genuinely sets the pace for the movie in its most thrilling moments and beautiful cinematography that shows the seemingly happy and peaceful house David and Katie live in, the building David works in and the idyllic store they had in a separate, but each time satisfying and lovely style. The editing is very slick and there are many brilliant moments here - especially the one where David kills the fly in his apartment..
Listening to all of what he said was creepy and quite surreal. It is really obvious in the film he killed a lot of people yet this guy knows it and still talks about it openly. There was a part when the guy actually took offence as the movie suggest he killed the dog but not so much when it was implied heavily he killed his wife. That scared me a little because in one scene as one of the characters was shot all I could think of was "Damn, what about those poor dogs? What will they do now?". Huh. Maybe I shouldn't feel too bad, though, as the film provides nice twist with that particular character that sheds a bit of light on certain events.