Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
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||Kevin Spacey, John Cusack, Jude Law, Jack Thompson, The
Lady Chablis, Alison Eastwood
Oh no, I don't think so.
Nothing really. A gunshot, but that's about it.
It's a mystery. No real action here.
A bunch of them whenever The Lady Chablis is on screen.
John Kelso and The Lady Chablis at the Alpha Phi Beta
The Lady Chablis tells John Kelso: "The F. stands for
Frank." and John Kelso tells Jim Williams about Sonny's
opening statement: "That man can weave horseshit into
So, John Kelso (John Cusack) used to think New York City was a goofy
place. That was all until he made his was to Savannah, Georgia, to
cover a Christmas party for Town and Country Magazine. John didn't
need his tape of city traffic and noise to fall asleep to for long,
he found Savannah just as noisy, and a hell of a lot more strange.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
A Movie Review
"Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" is Clint Eastwood's
direction of a story based on a book by John Berendt. Now I didn't
read the book, so how it will please the book fans I have no idea,
but I do know this was one kick-ass mystery film. So kick-ass that I
almost pissed my pants as my 55 gallon bladder buster soda worked its
magic and I didn't realize the movie was two and a half hours long.
But enough of my personal problems, what about "Midnight in the
Garden of Good and Evil," which for my typing I will simply call
"Midnight.." for short.
Well, "Midnight.." opens with a scary lookin' voodoo lady, Minerva
(Irma P. Hall), sitting on a bench, pissing off a squirrel, and
smiling as a plane comes in to land in Savannah. Here we find John
Kelso, a writer, coming from the big city to little ol' Savannah, to
cover the Christmas Party of a wealthy, eccentric, collecting all
kinds of antiques dude named Jim Williams (Kevin Spacey), for Town
and Country magazine. John feels way out of place as he begins to
meet a dude who walks an invisible dog, finds out that all of the
old, wealthy ladies carry loaded guns, attends a party where they
steal electricity from the neighbor, and becomes enchanted, well,
maybe not enchanted, but starts to get the hots for Mandy Nichols
(Alison Eastwood, who, and please Clint, don't shoot me, but she's a
babe). All is well, John attends the Christmas party, has enough for
a much longer article than he is supposed to write, finds that Jim
Williams is also a fan of his only book, and it is Jim who requested
John to cover the party. John leaves to get some sleep before his
early flight, only to be awoken by sirens and lights flashing outside
his room. He heads for Jim's place, the sight of the hubbub, and
finds Jim being accused of murdering Billy Hanson (Jude Law). And the
story just gets more twisted.
It seems Billy and Jim were lovers, but Billy had a taste for
drugs and alcohol that would get him a little crazy. Billy is dead,
and now it's up to Sonny (Jack Thompson), Jim's attorney, to get
Jim's name cleared. But John wants to write a book, and Jim and Sonny
need someone to find the evidence to set Jim free, so they agree to
work together for the common good of both. It is in John's searching
that he uncovers all kinds of fun. For one, he gets to discover the
work of voodoo woman Minerva, in the cemetery, as she tries to help
Jim find a way to clear his case. And as scary as Minerva may be,
John also finds the likes of Lady Chablis, a transsexual entertainer
who is just a riot as he/she leads any man on that he/she can find,
and still keeping her "T" a secret. All the while John is falling
more and more for Mandy.
Yea, there may be some deep meanings in the story, that whole
homosexuality thing and how your friends desert you once your "out,"
but this is just a fabulous movie of mystery, comedy, and in the end,
did Jim murder Billy or was it self-defense?
Now, not having read the book, I don't know if it ended the way
the movie did, but it got a little hokey, after the last funeral
anyway. Yea, it ended happy, sort of, and I suppose if Mandy was
interested in me I would find it hard to leave Savannah, too. I guess
I'm still looking for a movie without a happy ending. My quest goes
So, what do I give "Midnight.." Well, in my book, any movie that
can keep me in my seat for two and a half hours, even with my bladder
about to explode, well, it's a winner. 4 1/2 stars out of 5 for
"Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."
That's it for this one, I'm The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!