Saturday, February 14, 2009

Changeling (movie)

"Changeling" is about a mother's never-ending love for her son amidst a police scandal. The story is very much relatable and simple but there are lots of subplots that affect Christie Collins' case.

The kids in the movie are very disappointing. Most of them are obviously acting and they did it poorly. I know that their roles are very difficult but child actors have performed well in difficult roles like Kirsten Dunst in "Interview with the Vampire" and Haley Osment in "AI".

Supporting cast are bordering stereotypical like the psychotic serial killer, the Nurse Ratched and the corrupt politician.

But Angelina Jolie is just very good. This is her best performance after "Gia" which was released on HBO several years ago. She is very raw and very convincing.

Production design is superb. My partner Steven was even impressed with the car details (he is a car nut). I am sure this was shot in a huge sound stage.

Makeup design, hair design and costumes worked well. It is not a "Sex and the City" but more natural. I won't be surprised if they used makeup in the 1920s to transform Angelina Jolie.

Angelina's performance is a very good reason to watch this movie. I almost forgot Lara Croft.

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