August 14, 2005

The Skeleton Key

If you are looking for chills on this hot summer day, this movie might supply a few. However, if you are looking for thrills, you had best look elsewhere. This is not a horror film. Instead it is a creepy Southern drama that is heavy on the hoodoo and spanish moss ambience. Director Iain Softley (who long ago helmed Backbeat and The Wings of the Dove) does a nice job of going through all the requisite motions associated with films centered on what goes on after dark in big creaking mansions isolated in the bayou. Kate Hudson plays the overly curious and compassionate outsider appropriately, and Gena Rowlands is great as Violet, the older Southern lady who's obviously protecting crucial secrets. If you can enjoy the predictablity of it all, as well as the languid and lush surrounding, you might very well find your self amused or entertained. It's rather slight, but not bad as a retreat from the summer heat.

Posted by armand at August 14, 2005 02:30 PM | TrackBack | Posted to Movies


Well said, Bro. It's not so much with the gore or the scares, but definitely creepy.

Posted by: Morris at August 14, 2005 10:04 PM | PERMALINK

sort of like karl rove?

Posted by: joshua at August 15, 2005 09:21 AM | PERMALINK
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