mom mondays: movie review of midnight in the garden of good and evil

As you all might have remembered, my Mom Mondays book a couple weeks ago was Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. It was a pretty interesting book with quite a unique cast of characters. There was, of course, the nostalgia of Savannah. It was the first trip Mom and I took together. Even though it happened a long time ago, I still have very fond memories of this trip and I will treasure them always.

Well, Mom and I discovered that it was a movie. After struggling to find a copy (we looked on Playstation, Xbox, and our local video store), we managed to find it thanks to Amazon (where apparently you can rent movies. who knew?)

This fun little review of the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is the Mom Mondays post for this biweekly segment!

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3 stars!

tw: homophobic slurs, racial slurs, deadnaming of trans person

 

Truth, like art, is in the eye of the beholder.

 

This movie was alright, for lack of better words. The characters in the book were so exuberant, their personalities had to have been exaggerated (remember, they are based on real people with slight tweaks to their name and other things like that). In the movie, there were so tame, I wouldn’t have known who they were without subtitles. Even the Lady Chablis, my favorite character in the book, was a tame version, which really sucked because she played herself in the movie and could have done so much more.

I must also address something before I get to far into this review. Yes, Kevin Spacey is in this movie. Yes, I know what he has done. Please don’t attack or accuse me (or my mom for that matter) of supporting him because we watched this movie. I didn’t know he was in this movie until I started watching it.

The pacing of this movie was weird. It would be super fast paced, with a sudden rush of characters and then….nothing. Just slow boring conversations about I don’t even remember. On the plus side of this, the trial scene (the only one, mind you. there was supposed to be 4 (four)) was actually more interesting than in the book.

One positive note about this movie is that the plot is still the same. Kind of. Jim Williams (Kevin Spacey) is accused of kIlling Billy Hanson (Jude Law) in cold blood. John Kelso (John Cusack), who was originally in town to write about Williams’ annual Christmas party for the Town and Country magazine decides to stay in town to help Mr. Williams and figure out what really happened. This does happen in the book, although it’s not that specific. Unfortunately, this was the second part of the book. Which means we don’t get the fun antics of the other characters from the first part.

Another positive that stood out to me is that parts of this movie was actually shot in Savannah. There is Forsythe Square (which I think I have been too) which is in front of the Mercer House and scenery of beautiful Savannah. Seriously, if you guys ever get a chance to visit Savannah, take it! You will not regret it, I promise you!

Brief History of the Mercer House: The Mercer House was designed by John S. Norris for General Hugh W. Mercer, who is the great grandfather of Johnny Mercer. Johnny Mercer was a singer/songwriter from Savannah Georgia. [source: www.songhall.org] In 1960, Jim Williams bought the since vacant house and restored it. The Mercer House is now open to the public with Jim Williams massive collection of antiques still inside. [source: www.mercerhouse.com]

Overall, this movie was alright. The pacing was weird. The characters really disappointed and I have found out that I am not a fan of John Cusack. Honestly, best to stick with the book. It’s so much more better.

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*picture taken from www.trolleytours.com

 

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the girl with the dragon tattoo movie review

to read a blurb about this movie on IMDB, click here

to read my review about the book with the same title, click here

this movie is currently available on Netflix.

TW: a pretty graphic rape scene. it is mentioned in the book but it’s quite vivid in the movie. not as bad as The Last House on the Left but pretty close. 


I finally watched this movie! I was feeling watching a movie the other night, which almost never happens, and I decided why not watch this one? I remembered my promise to watch and review the movies and I didn’t want to let any of my readers down so I did and I have no regrets because it was super amazing! It takes a lot for me to gush about movies so you can be assured that it’s a very good movie!

I watched the Swedish version because, well the book is Swedish (translated to English) and I felt that watching the American version just wouldn’t feel right. Also, I don’t think the American one was available on Netflix. Plus I’ve heard that it isn’t very good. Perhaps, if it comes on Netflix or Hulu, I’ll watch it and do a comparison post.

Anyway, on to the actually review because I’m getting side tracked.

I am seriously blown away as I mentioned repeatedly. This movie literally copied the book almost to a tee. There were a few inconsistencies but nothing super major and it certainly didn’t detract from the story in anyway. The inconsistencies weren’t important to the story. They were more of just side things that happen when Mikael and Lisbeth weren’t together.

The actors that were chosen for Mikael (Michael Nyquist) and Lisbeth (Noomi Rapace) were spot on. Nyquist has so many funny facial expressions when dealing with Rapace that it just brought the whole thing together. It’s not mentioned in the book, the facial expressions, but it really added to the movie. Lisbeth was played to a tee. I’ve been told that Rapace is actually a pretty famous Swedish actress, so that really helps. Rapace really captured the awkwardness and socially stunted Lisbeth so well, it was like the part was made for her. I am still thinking about this movie and I watched it a couple nights ago. That’s how good it is.

I will certainly be continuing with the rest of the trilogy, perhaps this weekend. I have a bunch of TV shows to catch up on so it might have to wait until next Tuesday. Regardless, I am anxious to see how well the portray the rest of the books and will be sure to watch them as soon as I can. If it’s anything like this anything like this movie, I’m going to be in for a treat. And I can’t wait!

 

 

xxlacy

fantastic beasts and where to find them movie review

to see what the movie is about from IMDB, click here.

to read reviews of the book this movie is based on from Goodreads, click here

 

I know that I am an all book blog so this review will be a little out of the norm. However, I feel that it is fitting to have a movie review that is based on a book. If this is popular or you guys like it, I can easily do more of them. I have seen The Giver and The Perks of Being a Wallflower (which I can rave about all day long!)

This weekend, I was FINALLY able to watch Fantastic Beasts. I have the textbook and have read it. I thoroughly enjoyed it and if I can find it again in my massive stash of books, I will read it and review it.

This movie was so incredible! I was sucked right back into the magical world that is Harry Potter. Yes, this wasn’t about Harry Potter but I instantly got those vibes. The movie had a very similar soundtrack to Harry Potter, so that helped the vibes immensely.

The movie follows the adventure of Newt Scamander in the 1920’s, who wrote the textbook Fantastic Beasts. His destination is Arizona but makes a stop in New York. There is a lot of drama going on with a beast that is threatening to expose the wizarding world. Newt happens to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. He enlists the help of an ex Aurora, her sister and a Muggle (No Maj as they are called in America) to help clear his name.

This movie did take a lot of liberties. The book is basically a list of all magical creatures, a short paragraph or so of information about them and the Ministry of Magic’s rating of how dangerous or not dangerous they are. So, in all reality, the movie had a lot they could do.

I did like that many different creatures did show up and Newt explained what they were and how not dangerous they are. Newt’s entire life was based on proving to wizards that not all the creatures in the world were dangerous. He is the precursor of Hagrid and I loved it.

Newt as a character was just so awkward and charming. He really did remind me of Hagrid and how much he loved all his creatures. I wholeheartedly support his cause and I now want a pet dragon, among other things.

The sequel is supposed to have Jude Law as young Dumbledore. I am interested to see how this will go. This movie did bring him up and Newt’s time at Hogwarts so I’m interested to hear the story of those two. I think that as long as Jk Rowling remains mega involved, I will love it no matter what.

 

xxlacy