Based on the actual incident that rocked California’s legal system. Christine Collins is overjoyed when her kidnapped son is brought back home. When she begins to suspect that the boy returned to her isn’t her child, she is slandered as delusional and thrown into an asylum.
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Now that we're firmly entrenched in the Netflix era, watching "Changeling" - which seems to coil and twist into a different genre with each new act, from period mystery to serial killer film and courtroom drama - is almost like experiencing an entire season of a crime series condensed into one 2 and a 1/2 hour movie. It surely has to be one of Clint Eastwood's best and most unheralded works of the last twenty years.
I really like the smooth style of Changeling. It's classicism at its best: each shot is perfect, not a second too long, not a second too short, you know exactly when the heady musical will start and when Clint will present a close shot of Angelina Jolie's face. I can watch this kind of film again and again and never get tired of it. It's classicism, what else? Highly recommended.
dookie. well, maybe i'm a tad bias. i wanted some more nitty gritty on the psychology behind the murders and less about the mum. who, as a main character, was pretty uninteresting. you didn't really want to feel bad for her, you know? shit. maybe i'm heartless. i wish i could explain better why i thought this movie sucked.
This has just become one of my all time favourites from Clint Eastwood's repertoire. I'm truly mesmerized with all the performances. So sad, so depressing, so shocking. I could actually feel pain upon the cruel injustice that took place against Christine Collins and how powerless one felt when trying to bring justice to an unacceptable situation and didn't succed all in favour of a corrupt legal system. Remarkable!
I can not manage to find out what is the saddest thing about this film: Is it the fact that the boy has been kidnapped ? The false hope that is given twice to Christine ? Or simply the fact that we will not be able to know if he's alive or not... Another sumptuous masterpiece of Clint Eastwood
The picture comes across as pretty uneven and manipulative, mostly because Eastwood has demonized the antagonists. But here, given the horrific nature of the crimes, the demonization almost seems just. The characters' anger and disgust become our own anger and disgust, and I like that in a movie.