“My father always said to only regret the things you didn’t do not the things you did.” – Katie Marks
Number of Times Seen – Twice (27 Dec 2010 and 5 Apr 2021)
Brief Synopsis – The heir of a New York Real Estate magnet meets a young woman of different social standing which causes far too many problems for him.
My Take on it – Interesting story that works well due to the great performances.
Ryan Gosling is superb in the lead role and allows us to get a clear idea of how confused his character can be about all that transpires around him.
The story is told in an intriguing way which allows us to see the way that things play out in retrospect since it’s all meant to be seen in flashbacks.
Kirsten Dunst is also great as Gosling’s lover and wife who has her own ambitions that are harnessed when she enters into this family.
The fact that this is based on a real story is quite jarring because of the way that things play out, but still comes across quite realistically the whole way through.
The dialogue is great and helps set the atmosphere throughout.
In addition to Gosling and Dunst, Philip Baler Hall and Frank Langella both add so much to things by their performances in supporting roles.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Kirsten Dunst revealed on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009) that Robert Durst, who is the real person that David Marks is based upon, visited the set of the film being made and watched from a distance. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)
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