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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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.
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
When I read the synopsis of this movie I thought it would be hard to escape from the cliches. But once again (and what i admire the most in Clint's works) is that he can explore any plot in a very original way and style. Once again, Clint deserves the applause.
3.5 Pretty straightforward - Eastwood seems to particularly enjoy the theme of those disenfranchised or alienated by a body of power. The narrative style and story are interesting enough but nothing spectacular going on here. Very entertaining at least.
Such a depiction attempt should hold way more raw descriptive scenes like the one with the hanging. Maybe Eastwood eyeing on this leaned towards to the fragile condition state institutions can put its citizens, once they have been rotten with corruption, or, yet, to a deserving tribute to Collins. Either way, the rich psychological universe, emerged from this true horror story, was barely on the background...