Horror films are a dime-a-dozen. However, the idea of an uncaptured serial killer turning out to be your husband is a bit more intriguing. Stephen King’s A Good Marriage follows the marriage of Darcy Anderson (Joan Allen), the wife of Bob Anderson (Anthony Lapaglia). From watching the trailers, the audience instantly knows that Bob is a serial killer going by the name “Beadie.” When his wife discovers his horrible secret, the game is on.
What I expected was a suspenseful and deadly cat-and-mouse dynamic between the couple, but the movie turned out different in many ways. The film primarily focused on Darcy’s discovery and her disoriented mindset after Bob confronts her. He seems nonchalant about the situation, which undermines the tone of the film. The killer that Darcy imagines is way more violent than the actual person we see onscreen. She learns to cope with her husband’s homicidal past as he learns to suppress his urges. This transitional phase in the film seems easily skipped over and offers no depth to the audience. Darcy easily accepts Bob’s killer past but lingers on those thoughts from time to time.
Understandably, she follows through with a plan to murder her husband and stages it as an accident. The film could’ve benefited from a closer examination of Bob’s death, but the audience just sees the funeral scene. Darcy has a moment of reprieve until a retired Detective Ramsey appears on her doorstep. Ramsey reveals that he’s been following Bob for a long time, and he’s jumped to the conclusion that Darcy was involved in her husband’s criminal past. However, she eventually reveals the truth to a dying Ramsey and the movie ends in an unexciting manner.
A Good Marriage took a turn for the worse after the initial discovery. I expected a violent thriller that forced me to the edge of my seat. Instead, I was left disappointed by this uneventful movie. Perhaps the story was better left in written form because the adaption of Stephen King’s novel leaves much to be desired.