Directed by Clint Eastwood
Written by John Lee Hancock, based on the novel by John Berendt
Starring John Cusack, Kevin Spacey, The Lady Chablis, Alison Eastwood, Jude Law
My Advice: Wait and Rent It.
I've never seen a more universal and apt description of a film by critics. They've said that they'd never seen a two-and-a-half hour film before where so little happened. And I concur. This follow-up to the above average Absolute Power is almost painfully slow in its pacing. The scene where Spacey (who does a wonderful job as always) greets guests at his Christmas party feels like it's ten minutes long. Clint--we get the fact he's a liked guy. Move on. John Cusack is solid as always, and Alison Eastwood is adequate in their tacked-on-in-the-last-rewrite love affair. The real gem of this movie is The Lady Chablis, playing herself. I found myself waiting for her to get back on the screen because any scene with her was bound to be absolutely hysterical. Despite this, I get no real sense of why the film was even made, best-seller or not. It doesn't seem to have any point to it. I can't wait to read the book and see what all the fuss is about.
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