The Jinx (2015)

Family Values.

Andrew Jarecki began making movies about Robert Durst back in 2010, with the Ryan Gosling led All Good Things. Gosling's character was named something else, but was admittedly inspired by Robert Durst, a millionaire New York City real estate heir who has a...checkered past. If you've never seen All Good Things, you're definitely not in the minority - even with Gosling at the lead, the movie only earned about half a million dollars at the box office.

If you're a stranger to the mystery that is Robert Durst, I won't spoil much here. The gist of the mini-series is that Durst expressed admiration for the movie All Good Things and asked to be interviewed by Jarecki on camera to explain his side of the story for the first time. The resulting interviews, which take place over the course of a few years, take various twists and turns and shed new light on the mystery that has surrounded Mr. Durst.

I think that the best documentaries are those in which the filmmakers set out to accomplish one thing, but end up on a completely different path from when they started based on information they get while filming. Great examples of this are Dear Zachary and My Kid Could Paint That. When the fourth episode was over, I had no idea where the last two episodes would go - everything up until that point was public knowledge. However, there's a catalytic event in the fifth episode that changes the entire dynamic of the series. My thirst for the sixth and final episode once the fifth ended was unlike anything I've felt since waiting for the series finale of Breaking Bad.

Jarecki stumbled onto something important while making The Jinx, and handled it amazingly. I loved this series. The last five minutes alone are so powerful that I sat there, mouth agape for several minutes trying process what I had just seen and heard. You simply have to watch The Jinx. Before you do, don't look up anything up about Robert Durst. This is a dish best served cold.

My Final Score: A+

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