Sunday, February 22, 2009

Movie Review: Ameture Hour. [The Changeling]

I just finished watching an amazing piece of cinematography: Changeling.
To Angelina Jolie haters, this film ought to change your mind about her acting skills. The character she portrayed (Christine Collins) was a refreshing change from her usual portrayal of the usual sex-goddes-with-a-machine gun.
In all honesty, I did not recognize Jolie as Jolie until about 2/3rds of the way into the film (due to her infamous lucious lips, no less) as I was so engrossed in her character. Not to be overshadowed, of course, was Jason Butler Harner, who portrayed the "horrible, horrible, wonderful person," Gordon Northcott. His portrayal (okay, I need a thesaurus. What's another word for portrayal? O.O;) of the 'slightly crazed' serial killer of 1928 (Killing around 20 boys, total. Oh yeah, I forgot. The entire film is based on true events. So, yes, there was a crazy pedophile killing/molesting boys who almost got away with it in 1928.) was so disturbingly well done, that I got chills from the moment his character appeared on the screen. He was able to succesfully find the middle-ground between Charles Manson and your run-of-the-mill pedophile. I literally grimaced each and every time he appeared, from fixing the car to his desperate singing of "Silent Night."
Eddie Alderson, a boy who I did not recognize at -all- played the character of Sanford Clark, Northcott's accomplice/nephew. This unknown actor definitely impressed me. In all honesty, I can see a bright acting career looming ahead of this one.
All in all, this Clint Eastwood (That's right! He wrote the music AND directed!) piece of cinematography is definitely worth taking a look at. For Jolie fans, for 20's enthusiasts (guilty as charged) or anyone looking for a moving film to enjoy with -most- of the family (little'uns ought to be left alone. And anyone with an attention span less than 3 hours. Whew!) without convulsing in sobs (*cough* Seven Pounds *cough*), this film is definitely worth a look-see.

I also recommend: Seven Pounds, Yes Man, Last Chance Harvey and, believe it or not, inkheart

Books-turned-to-Movies I haven't seen but want to VERY Badly: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Revolutionary Road

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