Did I Hear Someone Say “Change” ?
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Getting My Vote Today: Changeling
Director Clint Eastwood is back, and older better than ever in a new
cinematic nail-biter that will leave you breathless. “Changeling” is an
epic 1920’s period piece featuring action, suspense, gore and even a
couple of flappers ! (No, I’m not talking about Angelina Jolie’s lips.)
Yes, Angelina Jolie stars in this Oscar-worthy flick, and (going against
type) she actually refuses to take a free kid !!! Where on Earth is
Madonna when you need her ?
It all begins when Christine Collins (played by Jolie), is asked to go
into work on her one day off… She leaves her cute young son, Walter,
home alone with nothing but a sandwich and a prayer. BIG MISTAKE.
When she comes back, Walter is gone baby gone. Of course, Christine
runs around the neighborhood in a panic, and finally calls the police.
Turns out, calling the police was not a good idea… If you read the
history books, you will see that some cops in her region (Los Angeles,
California), were a vile, corrupt group of cowardly curmudgeons in
the days before the Great Depression. Hmmmph ! I don’t know why
they called it “Great”. Sounds like it was just AWFUL to me.
Anyway, after dragging their feet, the police show up to her house
and file a report. They act like they just don’t care, leaving Christine
with no hope whatsoever. Not even Bob Hope. (He was unavailable
due to a prior commitment on the Vaudeville circuit).
Why Are You Asking If I’ve Had Collegian Injections ?
Feeling neglected and alone, our heroine’s fortune takes a stunning turn
for the better when Christine realizes she is part of a secret society of
assassins ! She hops on top of a moving train with a loaded gun, and
then exacts her revenge by shooting people (in slow-motion) ! Morgan
Freeman shows up, helping her at every turn by… Um… Hold on a
second… Oops !!! Wrong movie ! Sorry. Where was I ?
Oh yes… Neglected and alone, Christine has nowhere to go. Her sad,
pathetic plight is noticed by a real high-profile radio station preacher
(played by the amazing John Malkovich), and it all starts to equal bad
press for the incompetent Los Angeles PD…. Desperate to quell an
awful situation, the police manage to find her “son”. She bursts into
tears of joy hearing this news on the phone, but all that glitters is not
When her alleged son is brought to her (five long months after his
disappearance), she is shocked to see it is NOT Walter. The police
say that he has “changed” physically because of neglect, abuse and
starvation. They actually tell her (and this is a true story mind you)
Walter’s now three inches shorter because “all of the stress made his
spine shrink” !
Here is some of the SHOCKING dialog from that scene.*
*(As best as I can recall)…
Christine: “His spine shrunk ? You want me to
believe that ?”
Officer: “Yes ma’am !”
Christine: “But why is he speaking Italian ?”
Officer: “He saw a couple of foreign films !”
Christine: “Why does he have a HUGE mole on
his chin ?”
Officer: “It’s just dirt ma’am”.
(The kid screams as the officer rips the mole off).
Christine: “Why is he a Yupik Eskimo ?”
Officer: “He’s VERY cultured now after traveling the
Christine: “For crying out loud, this child is 46
years old !”
Child: “Hey lady, I’m only 39 ! Damn !”
Christine: (Gasps) “My child doesn’t swear !”
Officer: “But we swear this is your child !”
Needless to say, Christine refuses to believe the bad cops, so she
rushes straight to the newspapers with her story… Panicked, the
police respond by promptly throwing her into a mental institution.
They claim that being separated from her son for so long made her
go “mad” and that’s why she does not recognize the boy.
At first, it looks like Christine has found a friend in a pretty young
blonde nurse at the institution… But that is not the case !!! The
nurse rips poor Angelina Jolie’s clothes off and hoses her down in
the showers !!! That terrible scene goes on for what seems like
forever, but just when you think it’s over, the crazed nurse grabs
the dreaded RUBBER GLOVE ! What a naughty, naughty nurse !!!
More hijinks ensue at the nuthouse, and just WAIT until you get a
load of Christine’s new roommate. (I’m sure we have all had our
fair share of bad ones, but this gal will make anyone else seem
On the outside, Christine’s radio friend is working to get her free,
solve the mystery, and expose the bad guys for what they are…
I was transfixed with the storytelling and acting at almost every
“Rocky Horror Picture Show”, Here I Come !
Angelina Jolie does a superb job showing us Christine’s growth and
transformation as a character. In this film, She becomes stronger
over the course of a few months…
The change does not happen overnight… But when it does, it is
profound and powerful. Jolie’s performance has a duality that
will leave an impression on me for a long time. From a meek and
scared woman who is all alone, to a strong and forceful person
ready to take on the LAPD.
In contrast, many movies have characters “grow” over the course
of just an evening or a week. I haven’t grown much in the past
week to be honest with you… (I have, however, managed to
somehow get better looking) !!! Yes, movies often try and
force “character development” on you in the most absurd ways…
Not the case with this flick !
Clint Eastwood knows how to tell a story. Plain and simple. Since
his very impressive directorial debut in 1971 with the frightening
“Play Misty For Me” (still one of my own personal favorites), he has
proven to be the master of his craft. Once more, Clint has created
a very fluid piece of entertainment. Seamless in every way.
Nice to see Mr. Eastwood still has it at 78 !!! Some fellows his age
are just “deadwood” or even “limpwood”, but Dirty Harry is going
strong. You won’t see him borrowing Robert Redford’s Viagra in
the near future !
So, grab a fistful of dollars and check out “Changeling” tonight !
Would I Recommend This ? Yes
Daniel’s Critical Rating: “10” out of “10”
Ah, first comment, I feel so accomplished. I still couldn’t believe this movie got a ten! Oh and I am still trying to convince you know who to go watch it. I have to throw in that I couldn’t help but burst out laughing when you mentioned Jolie refuses a free child. It was a long day so it took me a while to get it, but once I did it was all over from there! Oh and really he is 78?! My goodness where the time goes!!
Yep. Mr. Eastwood is pushing 80 ! Mickey Rooney was about 10 years old when
Clint was born in May of 1930… The best picture of 1930 was “All Quiet on the
Western Front” !!! Fun Clint Eastwood trivia: His first acting role was in 1955’s
“Revenge of the Creature”, a sequel to “Creature of the Black Lagoon” ! He was
a lab technician, with just three or four lines… (Now, the guy has three or four
Oscars) ! LOL ! 🙂
Love Clint Eastwood’s work. Aren’t we all sure if he’s doing a movie it is obviously a good watch and Oscar-worthy! Waiting for this one still . Is it out on DVD yet?
I’ve always been a fan of Mr. Eastwood. Some of my favorite Eastwood films
(as an actor, director or BOTH): “A Fistful of Dollars”, “The Good, the Bad
and the Ugly”, “Play Misty For Me”, “Paint Your Wagon” “Dirty Harry”, “The
Outlaw Josey Wales”, “Escape From Alcatraz”, “Every Which Way But Loose”,
“Unforgiven”, “Mystic River” and “Blood Work” !
There are many other notable movies NOT on the above list. Yes, one can
expect a certain quality from this talented individual. It is just shocking to
me that “Changeling” has movie critics divided ! Some, including Mr. Roger
Ebert, LOVE IT… Others, have all but torn it apart. Go figure…? This film
is a masterpiece !
No, it’s not on DVD yet. “Changeling” just got its wide release in movie
theaters last Friday (Halloween), so it may be a while. 😦 I will tell you
this much, I am going to buy it the day it comes out !!!
Now there’s a person who had a dual career, and I doubt anyone could say which career is better! It’s amazing how so much creativity can be in one person like that.
Jolie (and Brad) is not one of my favorite actors. She (they) isn’t someone I run right out to see the movie. No particular reason, she just doesn’t interest me like someone like Kate Hepburn does.
Give this movie a shot, you just might have a change of heart about Angelina Jolie !
Also, I KNOW you will appreciate the references to 1920’s/1930’s Hollywood that are
featured throughout the movie ! (The film, a Universal picture, starts off with the
classic black & white globe logo) !
No one can really compare with “Kate the Great”, I will agree with you there ! She
has always been, hands down, one of my all time favorite actresses !!! My top five
favorite Hepburn films: “Morning Glory”, “Alice Adams”, “Bringing Up Baby”, “Woman
of the Year” and “The African Queen” !!!
I rarely tear up when I watch a movie in theaters but this one came really, really close. (That and my friend was BAWLING beside me.)
“Yes, Angelina Jolie stars in this Oscar-worthy flick, and
(going against type) she actually refuses to take a free
I seriously LOLed when I read that!
I almost choked up myself… But NOT because of the tragic story…
This movie was so good on every level, that just the direction and
cinematography was enough to start me weeping with tears of JOY !
Thanks for checking out my review Daniel! I definitely need to see this movie asap.
You are welcome Adi ! I am confident you will enjoy “Changeling” ! 🙂
Sounds like a fascinating movie… Jolie refusing a free kid CRACKED ME UP! Seriously how many does she need?!
Thanks Russ !!! I’m not sure how many she needs,
wants, has or doesn’t have… All I know is it looks
like she’s finally hit TILT ! LOL !!!
Yeah…sounds kinda depressing. But anything with Jolie in it is usually pretty good! This will probably be a rental for me and the wife somewhere down the road…
Now…about that shower scene…
LOL !!! 🙂 I’d recommend seeing this on the big screen if
at all possible… The cinematography is just breathtaking !
Yes, Jolie is almost always awesome. She gets TOUGH in this flick,
but she never quite goes all “Lara Croft”, (which is a good thing).
Christine is just a mother on a mission, and the transition seems
very real because her motivations are legitimate.
lol, and I love how you artfully left out the shocking twist!
LOL ! It’s more like I shockingly left out the ART !!!
Funny stuff. Enjoyable read.
Muchos Gracias ! 🙂
Daniel!!! I am getting caught up on your Critical Corner this weekend!!! It is so CRITICAL that I do!! Love ya and I will leaving some comments.
Thanks Terry ! Love you too, and I can’t wait
for your AWESOME comments ! Keep ’em coming !!!