Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Add This to Your Queue: Changeling

Before the Oscars, I tried to watch as many nominated films as possible. The one I rather enjoyed more than expected was Changeling.

Based on a true story, Angelina Jolie stars as Christine Collins, a single mother in 1920's LA who's son is kidnapped. The LAPD, being the harbingers of all things good and just, replaces her son with another kid. Obviously, like any normal human being, Collins knows they've given her a faux son and she is, understandably, pissed the hell off. Of course, being the LAPD, they call her a crazy, bad mother. Good to see things have changed.

Clint Eastwood directs and does a fantastic job capturing "Old LA" (this, along with Chinatown and LA Confidential, is one of the great "Old LA" films), Angelina still manages to separate her larger than life celebrity and is believably heartbreaking, Burn Notice's Jeffery Donovan is an excellent bad guy, but it's the performances buy the kids that really got me, especially Eddie Alderson as Stanford Clark, a kid who's done some very bad things. I imagine the strong female centric themes in Changeling moved me more than they would someone of the less fair sex, but I'd recommend it to everyone. It's becoming hard to go wrong with Eastwood.

6 comments:

The Imaginary Reviewer said...

A film that gets a mention in the same sentence as Chinatown and LA Confidential? Wow, I'm surprised. I'll add it to the Library Reserve list.

red said...

I should probably say, it's not nearly as good as either of those movies, but it does a great job with LA.

BeckEye said...

Hmm, but is it better than George C. Scott's THE Changeling??

MelO said...

ooooh! ooooh! ooooh! I totally wanted to see this movie! I'm guessing it must be out on dvd now?

Your movie reviews always remind me of the movies that I meant to see and never did. I should talk to YOU before I rent a movie next time ;)

Liz said...

Angelina Jolie sure is purty. I'm just gonna come right and say it: I understand why Brad Pitt did what he did.

Catherinette Singleton said...

That movie was pretty good, even with stupid Angelina Jolie. Really interesting story.