81st Annual Academy Awards
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#8/36 - Changeling

I saw this movie back in October- I was really looking forward to it, as I love Clint Eastwood films, but couldn’t help but feel pretty let down.

Based on a true story, Angelina Jolie plays Christine Collins, a single working mom in the 1920’s. When her son goes missing, she turns to the LAPD who bring back a boy that she claims is not her child. Emotional and upset, she brings the strange child into her house, yet persists that he is not her son. When she begins to talk to a local activist (John Malkovich) who brings her side of the story public, the LAPD begin to slander her.

This film was slow and really quite dull. It looks beautiful, but it needed to be carried by a very strong actress and I think Jolie really underperforms here. She’s incredibly one note and the character feels old and played out. Remember A Mighty Heart? I honestly couldn’t tell the difference between her Mariane Pearl and her Christine Collins. Just replace the word “husband” with “son” and you’ve got Changeling. Which is why I think...


Best Actress – Angelina Jolie
...that this is really a political nomination. The Academy loves to indulge itself in a nomination or two that will attract beautiful people and attention, and Jolie and Pitt's noms this year seem to fall into that category. There were plenty of other deserving performances this year and this is not one of them.

Best Cinematography
This film looks beautiful and is wonderfully shot, but I think it might lose this one to a film with more sweeping camera movements and majestic scenery such as Benjamin Button or Slumdog.

Best Art Direction
Here, though, I think this stands a real chance. The muted colors and dreary sets match the tone of the film and make it good competition for the similar looking Benjamin Button.

kscincotta kscincotta 7 years 14 weeks
I finally saw this yesterday now that it's out on DVD and I agree, it was dull. Jolie was really one note, I can't believe she got nominated over Sally Hawkins. Oiy. I also had some technical qualms with this film. Firstly, when Jolie was in the shower at the institution, you could totally see her tats. It totally threw me out of that scene. I also felt like the score, while beautiful, felt weirdly disconnected from the action going on at any given time. It was like every time the momentum started to pick up, the music would become slower and haunting and vice versa. Totally bizarre. Also, I couldn't really read the text at the end, it was so much. Such a small complaint, but it was yet another thing that could have been done that much better to improve the overall quality of the film. Lastly, I was utterly confused by the casting. I felt like the bigger roles were played by not so good actors (I couldn't tell if the police chief was supposed to Irish or was just an Irish actor who couldn't hide his accent very well) and the smaller roles went to much better actors (like Amy Ryan). I just didn't get it. Clint can do much better. I haven't seen Gran Torino since I've been saving my allowance to see the nominated films, but I sort of wish I had. I've heard that film was much better.
Jinx Jinx 7 years 16 weeks
I recall you weren;t impressed when you saw it. My Angie looks thin in the picture above. I hope the Jolie Pitt noms are just a political move and they won't win. I don't know why, I love Brad, but I want someone else to win. :oops:
wren1 wren1 7 years 16 weeks
I'm Netflixing it so I can clean my kitchen while I watch if it's boring. I'm loving these reviews, Phase, and they're making me more interested in the Oscars.
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 7 years 16 weeks
Really? I thought this movie looked pretty good and was looking forward to seeing it. I'm sure I'll still watch it but I won't be expecting as much.
JennaV JennaV 7 years 16 weeks
You have just reaffirmed my preconceived notion of this film. It looks boring as hell to me. That guy from Burn Notice is pretty hot, though.