Stephen King's A Good Marriage (2014)
Starring Joan Allen, Anthony LaPaglia and Stephen Lang
Directed by Peter Askin
***This film is currently streaming on Netflix***
Allen is Darcy Anderson, a loving housewife married to salesman Bob (Anthony LaPaglia). Together, they have two grown children and a seemingly lovely life. However, their small town in Maine has recently been under attack by an apparent serial killer intent on offing women, stealing their ID's, and then sending them to the police in a cheeky "You can't get me" fashion. When Bob is away on a business trip, Darcy uncovers a stash of information that leads her to believe that Bob may be the murderer -- and, needless to say, their relationship finds itself on shaky ground.
Ultimately the film's downfall is that there's nary a suspenseful moment in it. Thirty minutes in -- SPOILER ALERT (although it happens thirty minutes in so the film doesn't hide things for all that long) -- Bob admits to being the killer and from that point on all we get are scenes of Joan Allen unsure of how to react to her husband's "other life." Perhaps aiming for more of a weird relationship "drama" than anything else, King's short novella upon which this film is based must have worked better on the page than in his own screenplay adaptation. Here, it's a bit of a snoozefest.
The RyMickey Rating: C-