Movie Review: Changeling

Changeling Movie

Last night, my best friend and I decided to watch Changeling, a film by Clint Eastwood. Having never watched the movie before, I still decided to by the film for $3 at Half Price Books the day before, simply because I heard it was a good movie, and it starred my favorite actress, Angelina Jolie. I didn’t realize what I was getting into. My friend and I watched the movie about 11:30 last night. Not the best time to start a movie like this, but we managed…with a few tears.

For those of you who don’t know anything about the movie, it is based on a true story about a woman whose boy went missing in 1928. The plot line, as far as I can tell, remains pretty accurate to the true story, the script writer claiming that he “spent a year researching the historical record; he said he drew 95% of the script from around 6,000 pages of documentation.” Which makes the movie’s many layers—emotions of a woman with a missing son, pride of a police force, fear of little boys, a sociopathic murderer, anger of seeing injustice—even more painful yet powerful. It’s amazing what every person in this story went through. I cannot even imagine.

Which called for an excellent cast. I may be biased, having already respected Jolie for previous movie roles, but I think anyone who sees this movie can agree that this truly is one of the best roles she has played. I believed every bit of emotion she expressed, without liking it to any of her previous movies. You know how some actors/actresses have a certain attitude that consistently shows up in every role so that it’s obvious who it is, despite the character they are supposed to take on. I have to admit that Jolie often does that, and while it may present a criticism of her acting, I tend to be okay with it because of the roles she usually plays. But this movie was very different. While I knew it was Jolie looking at me on the tv screen, I truly felt like it was Christine Collins looking at me—not Jolie. It was amazing.

All this to reiterate what many other articles have said: this movie was amazing. I greatly respect it due to how well it embodied this very emotional historical event that impacted so many hurting individuals. That’s an admirable piece of art.

However, if you are going to watch it, I suggest watching with a friend and not watching right before you go to sleep.

Read the Wikipidia articles to gain more information about the true story. They are very well backed up articles, having over 150 footnotes:

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