Review: Changeling

And the Oscar goes to: Changeling. What a horrific and horrible story – not in a plot kind of way. But it’s just so heart-wrenching! I can’t remember a time when I was watching a drama and felt like I experiencing everything myself. It’s just such a touching and sad story. Angelina Jolie plays Christine Collins –  a single career woman who is also a good mother. She has a nine-year old son, named Walter. One day, Walter goes missing. 5 months later, the LAPD claims to have found Walter and reunites mother and son. Only it’s not her son. And no one wants to believe her.

That’s the main plot of the movie, coupled with the sub plot of exposing the wrongdoings and ineptitude of the LAPD. In the middle of the movie, another big plot is revealed: a young Canadian boy was forced to help his crazy uncle kill at least 20 children (or else he’d be killed as well) and he identified one of the children: Walter Collins. (The portrayal of his guilt almost brought me to tears. What a horrible thing to do to a child.)

So now, Christine is believed (though she had to endure an unjust stint at a mental facility – where not all people were ‘mental’) and they get a top-notch lawyer to fight the LAPD. The murderer is also brought to justice. All the while Christine has no idea whether or not her son is still alive. She still thinks he’s not dead, even though a lot of people think he is. At the end of the movie, she still has no closure. But she has hope.

I think Clint Eastwood made the right choice when he cast Angelina. She reached through my computer screen and touched my heart. I have never felt such heartache while watching a movie. It’s no surprise to me this movie was nominated for 3 Oscars. I don’t know if they won, but they deserved it. Any one, man or woman, parent or child can imagine how hard and how horrible her situation is. And I know for sure we would never wish it upon someone else, even if we hated his or her guts.

To have your child disappear from your life, not knowing if he was murdered in a brutal way, or if he’s still out there somewhere. It’s just the worst thing that can happen to a person. And the fact that Eastwood and Jolie were able to convey those feeling so well, makes this movie grandiose. And just so sad; because it’s based on a true story.


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