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Changeling

 

USA 2008, 141 minutes
Dir. Clint Eastwood
Rating: [R16]
Genres: Drama, Suspense/Crime

Topics: Period 1920s.

 

Aroview: Would-be heavyweight drama set in 1920's L.A. sees solo mother Angelina Jolie reunite with her kidnapped son only to realise he is an impostor, and her subsequent struggle to find the truth in a world rife with patriarchal prejudice and political corruption.

In fashioning a hybrid of women's melodrama and unsavoury crime thriller from a script that can only manage lip service to both (Jolie's pout notwithstanding), 78-year-old Eastwood's blunt directing instrument pigeonholes his characters as either saintly or dastardly. A sense of 'deja vu' also falls upon scenes in locations such as mental asylums, isolated farm houses, courtrooms etc., used to much better effect in other films. That said, this downbeat, plushly-appointed period piece will more than satisfy home jurors who like to see justice served with a fist in the air.

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