Once again Clint Eastwood has proven himself to be a master storyteller. His ‘Changeling' film was an incredible film. I went in with fairly high expectations. I had heard the movie was slow, not one of Eastwood's best films, and that it doesn't compare to the films he has been making recently. I beg to differ. Eastwood brought his "A" game with him on this sucker. Wow.
What we know from the trailer of the film it is about a woman Christine Collins who looses her son Walter. She goes to work one day and comes home to find he is missing. She calls the police and gets them involved in the search. Five months after her son goes missing the police find a boy and bring him to Christine and tell her it is her son. Right of the bat she notices it is not and questions the police they talk her into keeping the kid for a "Trial Period" until she comes o know that is her son. She starts investigating the matter further to prove her point that this boy is not her son. The Police Captain will not hear it. He says she is delusional and many other things in the most uncaring and demeaning manner. He eventually has her thrown into an insane asylum. As the movie goes on another story begins to unravel something darker and more disturbing than what we have been shown on the movie. It eventually leads to exposing the corruption of the LAPD at the time.
I will leave it to you to watch the film and go see it for yourself. Just know that it is one hell of a crazy story. This film is based on a fascinating true story. I watched this movie in awe. The story was so involving and I couldn't help but get wrapped up in and the emotions. Having children of my own I was able to connect with the situation. For a parent this movie can be a terrifying nightmare.
I had so many thoughts going through my head while I was watching the film I just thought it might be fun to list a few of them:
"Good lord Angelina Jolie is a good actress this is an Oscar worth performance."
"It would have been pretty cool to live in LA during that time period."
"Well, that's just jacked up."
"What a bastard!"
"I can't believe this stuff actually happened."
"Oh my fucking hell!"
"Holy shit! That is pretty damned disturbing."
"You have got to be kidding me!"
"These douche bags better go down."
"What a terrible situation to be in."
The movie was kind of like that, and you will understand these comments better once you see the film.
The acting was fantastic. EVERYONE in this movie was amazing! The whole cast was just superb. There is not one weak link in this film. The movie starred Angelina Jollie as Christine Collins, Michael Kelly as Detective Lester Ybarrra, John Malkovich as Rev. Gustav Briegleb, Jeffrey Donovan as Captain J.J. Jones, Jason Butler Harner as Gordon Northcott, and a ton of others. All of them deserve to be recognized for what they did in this movie.
Clint Eastwood did a brilliant job directing this movie. He really knows how to tell a story. The film was shot beautifully. Here is a guy that is almost 80 years old and he is getting better and better at what he does. I am really looking forward to ‘Gran Torino'. He may end up directing the perfect movie before he passes on.
‘Changeling' blew me away. It was better than I thought it was going to be. If you liked any of Eastwood's other films then you are going to love this one. If you are a hardcore movie geek then you have to see this movie. It was really quite an experience.
If you are interested to know what true story this is based off of it will spoil the movie so Scroll down to look if you want.
The Wineville Chicken Coop Murders.