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Movie Review – “Changeling”

March 10, 2009

changeling1Cast:

Angelina Jolie as Christine Collins

Gattlin Griffith as Walter Collins

John Malkovich as Rev. Gustav Briegleb

Jeffrey Donovan as Captain J.J. Jones

Michael Kelly as Detective Lester Ybarra

 

  Rated: R

Genre: Drama, Mystery

 

Changeling is a 2008 American drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by J. Michael Straczynski. It begins in 1928 Los Angeles and is based on the true story of a woman who is reunited with her kidnapped son—only to realize he is an impostor. After confronting the city authorities, she is vilified as an unfit mother and branded delusional. Changeling deals with themes such as feminine disempowerment and political corruption.

In 1928 Los Angeles, single mother Christine Collins (Jolie) returns home from work to discover her nine-year-old son, Walter (Griffith), is missing. Several months later, Christine is told her son has been found alive. A public reunion is organized by police, who believe the positive publicity will negate recent criticism of the department. Although “Walter” claims to be Christine’s son, she knows he is not. Captain J. J. Jones (Donovan), the head of the LAPD’s Juvenile Division, insists the boy is Walter and pressures Christine into agreeing to take him home “on a trial basis”.

After returning home with “Walter”, Christine’s suspicions holds true as she finds physical discrepancies that differ from her son. Christine visits Captain Jones and pleads with him to continue looking for her REAL son. Captain Jones sends a doctor to Christine’s home in an attempt to explain the changes of “Walter” over the past five months. The visit by the doctor spawns a newspaper story implying Christine is an unfit mother. Reverend Gustav Briegleb (Malkovich) publicizes Christine’s plight and rails against the LAPD for its incompetence, corruption and unnecessary punishments. Briegleb tells Christine the story was planted by police to discredit her and warns her of corruption in the police department. Christine searches, finds and receives signed letters from various sources that “Walter” is an imposter. At Jones’ order, Christine is taken to Los Angeles County Hospital’s “psychopathic ward”. Christine is befriended by inmate Carol Dexter, who tells Christine she is one of several women who were imprisoned for challenging police authority. The hospital’s doctor says he will release Christine if she admits she was mistaken about “Walter”.

Does Christine admit she was mistaken to get out of the hospital? Where is the REAL Walter? Who is the imposter child and where did he come from? Why do the police insist that the imposter Walter is the real Walter? To find out the answers to these questions, you will have to rent the DVD.

If I had to describe this movie in at word, it would be FANTASTIC! Angelina Jolie usually plays a tough as nails woman in most of her movies but her real acting abilities shine through in this movie. The acting by ALL actors in this movie is SUPERB! I thought this movie was really intriguing and suspenseful. GOOD MOVIE!!

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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17 Comments leave one →
  1. March 10, 2009 8:00 AM

    Gary, saw this one a while back. Thought it was done well. Everyone played their parts well! I was surprised with the interest this movie kept through out its duration.

    • March 10, 2009 10:34 AM

      It had the same effect on me as well Luisa. Did you like the movie as much as I did?

  2. March 10, 2009 9:12 AM

    Though this movie looks really good, I’ll probably not see it. I have such a grudge against Jolie that I can’t watch things she’s in without her personal life coming through into my head. I just don’t like her.

    • March 10, 2009 10:35 AM

      I don’t care for her much either Joy, but I did REALLY like this movie. You might want to give it a watch anyway. 😀

      • March 10, 2009 11:54 AM

        I can’t help not being able to get past her face! I wish someone else had gotten that role. Like Jennifer Aniston!! LMAO!!! I guess my true colors are showing. *claw, claw, scratch, scratch*

  3. March 10, 2009 12:10 PM

    Yea I’m with Joy, I don’t like her as a person. I’m on “Team Aniston”!!!!!
    I also have a thing about Tom Cruise. Ehhh!
    Glad you enjoyed the movie though!

    • March 10, 2009 3:20 PM

      So are you and Joy saying you are pissed off about the whole Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston breakup?? 😀

  4. March 10, 2009 12:58 PM

    Gary, I was pleasantly surprised. This movie has a story to tell, a good story. It is expressed well and with heartfelt sincerity. You do not find that very often in movies, nowadays. Jolie is Jolie, but she did a GREAT job. Great performance on everyone’s part! I recommend it , as well!

  5. March 10, 2009 7:55 PM

    hhhmmm am I the ONLY one who hates redone movies? OH MY GOSH..what’s with them screwing with the old 80’s movies? NOOOO leave them alone. Now I see there is a new House On the Left. NOOOO stop it!!!

    :)carry on

  6. March 10, 2009 8:09 PM

    “Changeling” is a remake Java???

  7. Joseph Arthr permalink
    March 11, 2009 2:36 AM

    Super dupa site….Love it….Taking your feed..will come back!
    Thanks

  8. March 11, 2009 9:03 AM

    Thank you very much Joseph! Thanks for dropping by and commenting. Come back often, great to have you here. 😀

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