Readers of John Berendt's bestselling novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, were bound to be at least somewhat disappointed by this big-screen adaptation, but despite mixed reaction from critics and audiences, there's still plenty to admire about director Clint Eastwood's take on the material. Readers will surely miss the rich atmosphere and societal detail that Berendt brought to his "Savannah story," and the movie can only scratch the surface of Georgian history, tradition and wealthy decadence underlying Berendt's fact-based murder mystery. Still, Eastwood... maintains an assured focus on the wonderful eccentrics of Savannah, most notably a gay Savannah antiques dealer (superbly played by Kevin Spacey), who may or may not have killed his friend and alleged lover (Jude Law). John Cusack plays the Town & Country journalist who arrives in Savannah to find much more than he bargained for--including the city's legendary drag queen Lady Chablis (playing "herself")--and John Lee Hancock's smoothly adapted screenplay succeeds in bringing Berendt's characters vividly to life with plenty of flavourful dialogue. --Jeff Shannon [show more]
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Writer John Kelso (John Cusack) is sent to the lazy Deep South town of Savannah, Georgia, to attend a high-society party, hosted by the affable Jim Williams (Kevin Spacey). The convivial atmosphere is shattered when Williams shoots a man dead, leading to a murder trial which uncovers a heady brew of corruption and arcane voodoo rituals. Clint Eastwood directs, filling the soundtrack with new versions of classic Johnny Mercer songs.A. Confidential' and 'The Negotiator'.