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Oct 26, 2003

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil 

This is a Clint Eastwood movie, one I saw as a part of my initiation towards knowing Clint Eastwood, the director, after being bowled head over heels by his latest film, Mystic River. Midnight in the Garden... is set in Savannah, Georgia, suffused with the old world charm and mystery of the South, feels like it is a different continent out there. Starring Kevin Spacey and John Cusack this is a murder mystery, seems like Eastwood is quite a reader, this one too like his other directorial ventures is an adaptation of a novel. Cusack is John Kelso, the big town reporter who comes down to Savannah to write an article about a society party held each year on Christmas by Jim Williams( Kevin Spacey), a prominent Savannah businessman. The photography is soothing, there are some interesting characters like Lady Chablis - the transvestite, Minerva - the voodoo woman etc, though the murder is not much of mystery. Kevin Spacey plays a charcter very different from his usual roles. A lazy afternoon movie, in Southern accent that is.