Changeling (2008) – 7/10 true period drama movie review

Cast / crew
Producer: Clint Eastwood
Director: Clint Eastwood
Writer: J. Michael Straczynski
Producer: Brian Grazer
Producer: Ron Howard
Producer: Robert Lorenz
Producer: Tim Moore
Producer: Jim Whitaker
Angelina Jolie: Christine Collins
John Malkovich: Rev. Gustav Briegleb
Jeffrey Donovan: Captain J.J. Jones
Michael Kelly: Detective Leseter Ybarra
Colm Feore: Chief James E. Davis
Jason Butler-Harner: Gordon Northcott
Amy Ryan: Carol Dexter
Geoff Pierson: S.S. Hahn
Denis O’Hare: Dr. Jonathan Steele
Frank Wood: Ben Harris

Changeling (2008)

Christine Collins is devastated when her son, Walter, goes missing but after a couple of months the LAPD, amidst ongoing negative publicity, contacts her with some great news: they’ve found her son. However, when she meets him at the railway station, the boy the police present is not her son but they’re insisting that he is.


This is a high-quality, engrossing drama but it’s never quite as emotionally affecting as it should be. Jolie and the children seem just a tiny bit mechanical and it is enough to ever-so-slightly diminish the impact of the traumatic events that occurred. Jolie particularly just fails to convince as a mother but it’s only by a perfectly-set hair. Otherwise, this is a precision Clint Eastwood movie, an interesting story paced elegantly and presented with clarity and pristine period detail.

This movie contains three sexual swear words, adult dialogue and violence, unpleasant scenes, inferred extremely brutal violence, graphic state-ordained hanging.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

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