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Friday Film: “Changeling”

How brutal is it to be a mother and find yourself in a situation where your child is missing? And how would you react if the authorities claimed that they did find your child and when they bring it to you, it turns out that this child is not yours?

The 2008 crime drama “Changeling” is based on the true events of the Wineville Chicken Coop Murders also known as the Wineville Chicken Murders with some slight differences minding the story of our main character but always leaving the ugly true parts of the real story intact. Directed by Clint Eastwood known for his success in all of the films he has ever starred or touched, like “Million Dollar Baby”, “American Sniper”, “Unforgiven” and “Sully”, “Changeling” will leave you questioning things and finding yourselves deeply concerned about the sickness that exists in our world. The murders of our story took place between 1926 and 1928 in Riverside County, California.

Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie,  Girl, Interrupted, Gia, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Lara Croft: Tomb Rider) is a single mother who returns from work to find out that her son is gone. She calls the LAPD to initiate a search and after five months, they find a boy who fits his description. When Christine sees the boy, she insists that he is not her son but the authorities dismiss her as a liar and hysterical. Has she gone crazy? If not, then where is her son?

The astounding performance of Angelina Jolie was the first and foremost acknowledgement this great movie was praised for. Her expressions and reactions to a situation like this depict exactly the true feelings any mother who has lost her child would indicate and experience. Despite all the fame she has received in her Hollywood presence, she proved that she has what it takes to play any role and, specifically in this film, you simply cannot remain untouched or not sympathize with her experience and what she is going through even if you do not have a child. I watched this film when I was only sixteen years old and I was so into the whole situation even though I had zero clue about parenthood or the feeling of missing anything important.

Apart from the memorable performance of the main character, the mystery is what makes you keep watching this masterpiece. There are so many questions and the confusion the characters are putting you through is exactly what a mystery of this kind needs in order to make you want to watch it until the end. On top of that, you are constantly unaware of what the outcome will be and if it is going to be good or sad. Plus, the psychological confusion that keeps building up to a point where you cannot be sure of who to support or not is the key which binds you with the end of the story for which I cannot say much but when you see it, you will know it. Of course, the film is so moving that after the end of it, you will do what I did and simply Google the true story behind what you just saw and after reading that, you will feel even more disappointed about the true colours of the people around us.

“Changeling” is a must movie for all generations to watch. It is a biography film mixed inside a mystery film, which is exactly how these kinds of stories need to be told. Watch this astounding film and enjoy Clint Eastwood and Angelina Jolie working together in a piece of art that will leave you scarred for a long time.

I’ll be back next Friday with another one of my favorite movies that you must watch.

Until then, leave your comments below and let us know what your thoughts on this movie are and if you enjoyed watching it.


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