The promise of Eastwood approaching the worlds of the Southern Gothic, magical realism & black comedy seems incredibly enticing, but the film disappoints. It's directionless; the story meanders; the comedy isn't funny & the drama isn't engaging. While the first act captures a sense of atmosphere & picaresque wonder, it soon gets lost in the flow of an uninteresting assemblage of plot with its weak characterisations.
Eastwood aime les femmes. Son regard sur la femme - ici Lady Chablis, une performeuse transgenre exotique - nous surprend une nouvelle fois. En lui donnant un rôle majeur, il joue avec les codes, pour notre grand plaisir.
Eastwood loves women. His gaze on the woman - here Lady Chablis, an exotic transgender performer - surprises us again. Giving her a major role, he plays with the codes for our delight.
Eastwood shows in this film he was a better director than an actor. Since the film is dragged out to an interminable and self-indulgent 2 and a 1/2 hours and is in dire need of at least an hour of editing, this doesn't say a lot for his acting ability. Watchable if you are an insomniac and appreciate underplayed gayness including the scene where a gay Christian says he is "out of it" now... (continued in comments)
Really sad. A somnambulent performance from Kevin Spacey, and Mr. Eastwood's inability to conjure any sense of atmosphere at all, and his insistence on adding a heterosexual love story to the plotline help make this film a hopeless botch.
The Lady Chablis alone rises above this film. Even Mr. Eastwood can't snuff out her brilliance.
Great character that Frank dude/lady, actually was the reason why I don't give up on watch this. Concerning the film, I really think this was too much time just to say: America, be tolerant! And moreover, it was not even subtle.
What could easily end up as a excruciating murder mystery is saved by a handful of colorful characters, with each of them being special enough to deserve a movie of their own. Although it doesn't seem to hold a repetitive value due to its overall and overlong mediocrity, it manages to bring an enjoyable first watch experience with satisfying plot and persuasive performances.