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3.56

Awesome: 8.33%
Worth A Look54.17%
Just Average: 25%
Pretty Crappy: 10.42%
Sucks: 2.08%

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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
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by Ophelia13

"Pretty damn cool."
4 stars

"The truth is in the eye of the beholder." Whether your eyes say this is a brilliant piece of work or not depends on if you are watching it from a standpoint of the book. The book is longer, more drawn out, and rambles pointlessly in spots, but the movie misses a few details and cut the time short.

I'll admit it. I was one of those ignorant people who saw the film before reading the book, and I've just recently read the book. I liked this movie. Alot. I think that the cinematography and acting was nothing short of fantastic.
Kevin Spacey's portrayal of the enigmatic antiques dealer, Jim Williams, at first struck me as being out of place, but then I realized that a great actor can do anything. John Cusack is not a great actor. His presence in the movie was barely noted...of course, since the character didn't really exist in the book I suppose I shouldn't complain.
The frenzied randomness found in the book is upheld. The movie is kept intact by what seems to be a tighter time frame and narrower plot. It should be. The way the characters interact, become more than just Savannahians, brings you closer to realizing the truth. The ending- while more confusing than in the book, leaves a mistifying patina in your mind, making you wonder if that really is the way it was.
The real surprise here, for me, was the directing. Before I sat down I held no high expectations for the work of Clint Eastwood. This is because his acting performances, all that I have seen, barely hit the average mark. However, I was greatly impressed to see that yes, he can direct. Maybe he should stick to that.
It all seems too eccetric to be real, and yet some aspects of it are, the Mercer House does exist, and while the beautiful images lull you into a sense of peace, a real crime was committed. I know what I believe to be the truth. If you watch this, so should you.

If this movie doesn't make you want to go to Georgia, or meet the people involved, or even read the book- "Two tears in a bucket; motherfuck it."

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originally posted: 07/23/99 02:20:16
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User Comments

3/24/18 The Big D. I bet Billy never had a gun, but it was still self-defense--Billy was in a drunken rage. 4 stars
6/08/14 PAUL SHORTT AWKWARD, OVERLONG TRUE STORY DESPITE SOME GREAT PERFORMANCES 2 stars
6/18/09 justright Cusack's scenes with Lady Chablis are fantastic........ 5 stars
9/27/07 mr.mike only semi-sucessful Clint effort 3 stars
2/12/07 johnnyfog BESt Cusak role, although Spacey's southern accent grates! 4 stars
5/22/06 tatum A lovely mess; Lady Chablis sucks, though 4 stars
5/10/06 Agent Sands Good, cozy movie. 4 stars
2/04/06 john bale Rambling murder mystery set in beautiful downtown Savannah with a load of weird characters 4 stars
12/09/05 havthat I dug this. Jude Law was way hot. 4 stars
2/04/05 Lucas The French were right. Very good movie. 4 stars
11/06/03 Capt' Fox All true stories should be this wacked out. To enjoy it you must be able to think. 5 stars
9/20/03 Darryl Interesting character study, and courtroom drama. And "Lady C" steals the show! 4 stars
5/16/03 mr. Pink Boring and a mess! 1 stars
3/03/03 Jack Sommersby Nothing special or above-average, yet it entertains nonetheless. 3 stars
2/08/03 Flick Chick apparently i didn't get a hit off the crack pipe y'all were passin' -this movie stank! 2 stars
12/06/02 Kyle Cusack sucks all ass. Other than that, this is a really good movie. 4 stars
3/13/02 Marcia Lartz A movie that needs spoilers, so you won't expect an ending that resolves anything. 2 stars
3/09/02 R.W. Welch Rather unconvincingly acted and pokily paced, doesn't really hold you. 2 stars
11/28/01 KMG Pretty good flick....needed MORE atmosphere...more haunting moss, voodoo shit 4 stars
3/27/01 Jesse L The second time I saw it, it really grew on me 4 stars
2/05/01 Classicdog Film is a long, drawn out mess, book is much better. 3 stars
5/19/00 tank Lady Chablis is as annoying as hell but it's well directed and acted.ecte. 3 stars
2/24/00 Bozo Worth a look for Jude Law & Alison Eastwood; Cusack was OK & Spacey was in another movie 3 stars
2/05/00 Kyle Broflovski Lady Chablis...tee hee hee. READ THE BOOK!!!! 4 stars
10/07/99 sophia962 Cool cast, not up to the book but a damn good try. 4 stars
9/24/99 alyssa The scene on the carpet still leaves me shaken... 5 stars
7/25/99 melbell great movie, the book was better..... 4 stars
3/27/99 TJwills The savannah townsfolk are enthralling. Of course Cusack tears the shit up!!!! 5 stars
9/21/98 Johny Tried to handle way too much and came out a mess for the most part 2 stars
8/25/98 Mister Whoopee Rambling, long, mostly disappointing. Spacey below par. 3 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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