Changeling: Angelina Jolie gets re-united with her missing son, but all is not what it seems. Jolie’s great, and the cast in general are quite strong, however, I wasn’t entirely convinced with Malkovick. There’s a LOT of terrible accents through the film. It makes all men and police of the time look and sound like assholes, and by the hour mark I was screaming out “OK, the police are corrupt, we get it”. It’s all trundling along in a fairly textbook manner for around 90 minutes but in typical Eastwood style massive, depressing, twisting plot points start firing in until the final scenes. I would re-watch it, but only to play the “my son” drinking game. Overall, the story’s good but it’s dragged out for much longer than it can sustain, and turns into a boring courtroom drama for last 20 mins…

Score: 4/10

  1. Heather said:

    I’d give it a slightly higher rating than you. I thought the writing was perfect. The characters were constructed brilliantly, and Jolie was amazing, though emaciated. What I do agree with was the dragging out how corrupt the police were, and the the mishits of Eastwood’s pacing. Sometimes it works for him, and sometimes against him, and in Changelings case it was all over the place, like it never found it’s footing, and I leave that as the directors responsibility. Still, it was worth the viewing.


  2. Dan said:

    I liked it quite a bit. It wasn’t as good as Gran Torino but it was one of Eastwood’s stronger directorial outings. it’s original, and it had me gripped until the mystery was solved.


    • Mystic River’s where it’s at for me, one of my favourite films of all time. Couldn’t get in to GT because it was essentially a ridiculous film about a racist knocking over a gang to save some minorities!


  3. I really loved this movie. Really gripping, intense emotion, particularly from Jolie.


  4. This movie creeped me out but I understand where you’re coming from. I need to see this again because I’ve forgotten the majority of it.


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