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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
A visiting city reporter's assignment suddenly revolves around the murder trial of a local millionaire, whom he befriends.
Part of Graham J's There's Something About Midnight Challenge
“Which conversation shall we join?” “The one least likely to involve gunfire.”
The average daily high temperature in Savannah, Georgia in December is 63° Fahrenheit (17° Celsius), and the average daily low is 41° Fahrenheit (5° Celsius). Light jacket weather during day, warmer coat weather at night, one might say. It is Christmastide 1981 (we know it is Christmas because Jim Williams (Kevin Spacey) is about to hold his annual Christmas party, but we do not realize the year until informed of it much later; only anachronistic automobiles lend a jarring suggestion that the otherwise contemporary-seeming proceedings are in fact historical). Despite the season, everyone is dressed as though it is…
Easily the worst film I've seen from Clint Eastwood.
Clint Eastwood's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil has divided opinion since its release back in 1997. Based on John Berendt's novel of the same name, this film adaptation is one that meanders a little in its attempt to encompass as many of the characters in the book by straying slightly from the main subject of the plot, the death of a young hustler at the hands of a Southern millionaire.
John Cusack plays a magazine journalist sent to cover a small story in Savannah Georgia that quickly becomes something bigger when the man he's sent to interview kills a man in his house. Cusack's John Kelso had met the millionaire Jim Williams,played by Kevin Spacey, earlier in…
This falls into the other two Eastwood thrillers from this period Absolute Power, and True Crime in that they area all thrillers with prestigious casts that suffer from seriously bad pacing. I get a feeling that nobody could tell Eastwood to cut these movies down at this point because all three are over 2 hours, and I think all could do with some serious trimming. Additionally this one has real cohesion problems with the supernatural elements, seeming to come from a different movie than the more traditional courtroom material.
Cast wise we get a typically wonderful performance from Kevin Spacey, and a typically bland turn from John Cusack. Its in the cinematography that this film really misses an opportunity. This…
One of Eastwood least 'Eastwoody' films. The rhythm, lazy characters and flat humour actually feels more like a mediocre Woody Allen picture. Spacey and Law go far too large. Cusack isn't so bad, but the plot is ham-fisted and nowhere near as clever as it seems to think it is.
"Yes. The answer is no."
Grey areas within binaries, paintings and overpaintings, human behaviour as something to be learned, ghosts and symmetry.
Weirder than Blood Work. I loved this.
This is one of my favorite movies of all time, everyone's brilliant, the whole thing is decadent and delicious.
Quite enjoyable, underrated Clint Eastwood-directed murder mystery set in the atmospheric city of Savannah, Georgia. Based on the mega-selling "nonfiction" (there are debates) book, the movie, at over two and half hours, couldn't fit all of the book on the screen, so compromises were made. The most telling compromise was that the one trial that is shown at some length in the film was actually three trials in real life. Anyway... Don't let that interfere with your enjoyment of a most engrossing film that is funny in places, dramatic in others and seldom boring.
Eastwood whips up a heady mix of southern Gothic pulp, mysticism, louche excess, and moral mystery, topping it son off with a wonderfully intoxicating dollop of southern texture. Borrowing freely from several genres, Eastwood unspools a ripe societal excavation as he studies the ways in which the murder of a young hustler threatens to unmoor the gentile facades southern upper class society to reveal the false morality, venal greed, and selfishness at its core. While laudable for its admirable intentions, the film's condemnation of the Savannah high society's hypocritical homophobia and conservative moralizing is hindered by Eastwood's considerably less than subtle portrayal of the queer characters. Casting a non actor and local celebrity in the Lady Chablis brings a vital…
The murder mystery and courtroom drama aren't anything exciting but that's okay because it's just an enabler for what the movie does well - showcase upper class Savannah and populating it with weird and quirky characters played by really good actors.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It's difficult to pin-point the exact reason why Clint Eastwood's filmed adaptation of the bestseller Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is so disappointing. Eastwood's direction is adequate and fluid, the performances by the cast are quite endearing, and the wonderful photography of Savannah, Georgia is nearly perfect.
So what's the problem? This adaptation of John Berendt's popular novel contains all the proper parts, but can't quite put it into an entertaining machine.
John Cusack stars as the author himself who, on a magazine assignment, is brought into the world of Savannah's wealthy to cover a famous Christmas party given by local playboy Jim Williams, played by Kevin Spacey. One evening Williams is arrested for the murder of…
An extremely strange piece of work but one that I found endlessly endearing.
Absolutely packed to the rafters with crazy characters from a true story in Savannah, Georgia. The Southern drawl that everyone speaks with is mirrored by the pacing and tone set by Eastwood in a piece of cinema that is distinctly unlike almost all of the rest of Eastwood’s work.
Some wonderful acting is present from Cusack who does his quintessential Cusack here almost better than he has done it anywhere else (High Fidelity excluded). Kevin Spacey seems like he’s having a blast as Jim Williams who seems like it could be the wonder years of House of Card’s very own Frank Underwood.
The show is sufficiently stolen…
Taken from the non-fiction work of John Berendt, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil submerges the audience in the stifling oddity of Savannah, Georgia, as John Cusack's writer John Kelso delves into the layers of duplicity in the deep South.
Part crime investigation drama, part comedy, part courtroom flick, Clint Eastwood bears more cinematic prowess here than I have ever witnessed within the lexicon of a single Eastwood feature. His deft handling of the numerous quirks, characters and dramatic elements shows a director truly in his element. Taking place over 2.5 hours, the languid pacing allows for a more measured reveal of truths as the whole town unfurls before long.
In some regard I've always likened John Cusack…
I don't think this film was even directed, leave alone by Clint.
Kevin Spacey en esta película <3
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