"Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" is the story of writer John Kelso (John Cusack) from the big city hired to cover a famous Savannah Christmas party for "Town & Country" magazine. Though he arrived with the intentions of completing a mere literary postcard of 500 words, by the end of the night - after the party's host, an antique dealer (Kevin Spacey), has been accused of murdering an employee of his estate (Jude Law) - Kelso decides to remain in Savannah long enough to complete a book on the scene he describes to his agent as being, "like Gone with the Wind on mescaline."
Interesting as the main characters are, I believe it is in researching for his book that Kelso meets the two true stars of the show: Minerva, the Vodou priestess who cautions the inquisitive writer that "there ain't no answers," and The Lady Chablis, the drag queen with a Diana Ross flair who offers to unwrap her candy for the reluctant yankee. These ladies, along with the other supporting characters, such as the eccentric who glues live bees to strings that are tied to his lapel (locals treat him with a fearful reverence, afraid he may poison the city's water supply if upset), the man employed to walk a dog that died decades ago, and the career squatter/jazz musician, are the true heart of this story. They are all dynamic and charismatic enough to make me forget that, yes, sometimes the editing is a little choppy. And Savannah comes across as an exquisitely beautiful city (this movie must've done wonders for tourism).
I really love Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil!