Now comes the tricky part -- how to describe it. Initially, it was described as the story of a rich young man (Gosling) and girl from the wrong side of the tracks (Dunst) who come together, but then she goes missing and a sleazy detective sets out to find the clues to put away the rich one. Now, the film's got a little more, and strangely, a little less.
This isn't some story out of the blue, but rather a film based on the infamous Robert Durst and what happened to his first wife (in the movie, he's "David Marks"). The trailer focuses on the romance, the man's familial woes (his family has a Manhattan real estate empire), and just briefly, her disappearance. What's interesting is that there's not a glimpse of Jeffrey Dean Morgan. In fact, he's not even listed on IMDb's roster. Why's that strange? Because he was cast as the detective mentioned as a pivotal character in earlier plot descriptions. One might think that there was a re-write and he vanished pre-production, but as this fan picture attests, JDM was a part of the shoot.
Maybe he comes in later than assumed ... who knows? (I watched it twice and didn't spot him, but if I'm blind, please let me know.) What can be seen is that this movie at least looks good enough for a release, and quite frankly, I'm quite anxious to see it. Gosling gives off this great, understated creepy vibe, and Dunst seems more engaged in these scenes than she has for a long time. If the film is ultimately bad (early screenings were positive), and that's why TWC shelved it, someone's got to give the trailer department promotions, because they did a heck of a job.