THE BASIS OF THE STORY
In the movie A Good Marriage (2014) based off a Stephen King novella of the same name (which can be found in Full Dark, No Stars) there have been four murders in which women were raped, tied up and killed. While at a party, Darcy (Joan Allen) learns of victim number 5 via a friend of hers while they are in the bathroom fixing themselves up. Victim five was killed in the same manner as the others.
Darcy’s husband Bob (Anthony Lapaglia) sometimes goes away for business trips. These trips may take him away a few days to just an overnight trip.
Darcy is at home alone when she finds she needs something in the garage. While searching underneath a workbench she discovers a hidden slot in which she pulls out a small box that Bob’s daughter made for him when she was in grade school. Upon opening the box, Darcy discovers a credit card and other identifications. One of those identifications belongs to the last victim. Darcy has now discovered what her husband has been doing on his ‘supposed’ business trips. The rest of the movie is centered around what Darcy will do with this information? Will she use it against Bob, or will she be too frightened to do anything?
When Bob arrives home, Darcy does confront him, with strong hesitation, for she’s not sure what he will do to her. But somehow she is able to muster up the courage to tell her husband he needs to stop what he’s doing. He promises her he will. The rest of the movie goes along with both of them having this secret. Bob is his normal self, while Darcy is scared out of her wits and shows it when she’s alone.
I remember seeing this movie when it came out and thought it was a decent enough movie. Here, we have two people with a horrendous secret they are keeping. We can clearly see Bob has no conscious or he wouldn’t be doing the things he’s doing. As for Darcy, we see a level-headed woman who loves her family and believes in doing right. Yet, for some reason, she not only threatens Bob with his secret, but she’s able to carry this secret herself.
NO BOOK NO WORRY
I haven’t read the book, therefore, I don’t know if the book goes into their backstory and perhaps sets up why Bob so easily lets Darcy run his life by threatening him and telling him to stop his killings. But I find it odd that Darcy didn’t leave Bob, save for the fact that Bob would possibly hunt her down and kill her. Or why didn’t Darcy go to the police? But so goes human ways. We don’t know what motivates people to do the things they do. What motivates someone to kill and what would motivate Darcy to keep this secret. Not only keep the secret but hold it over Bob’s head when she needs to.
The movie itself was good. It’s the ending that was a big let down. Because of the lackluster ending (lackluster is my new favorite word lately) I looked at movie reviews to see if I possibly missed something. But I did not. The few posts I read did indicate the written version was a whole lot better and provided more information. The execution from word to screen didn’t work in this case, even with Stephen King being the screenwriter.
I’m on the fence on recommending this movie to anyone. Let’s just say this, if you happen to see it listed, watch it. Don’t go searching it out.
If you have seen the movie, let me know your thoughts in the comment second.