Friday, October 24, 2008

Pan's Pipes

A.O. Scott of The New York Times joins the chorus of naysayers on writer J. Michael Straczynski and director Clint Eastwood's feature film Changeling:
The character [of Christine Collins, played by Angelina Jolie], as imagined in J. Michael Straczynski’s script, is as flat as a nickel. Each side is stamped with the likeness of a familiar movie archetype — victim of circumstance on one, crusader against injustice on the other — and Ms. Jolie composes her features and adjusts her voice accordingly when it comes time to flip.
Scott's review criticizes Eastwood and Jolie's work more than it does Straczynski's, to be fair, and he even goes so far as to acknowledge that the basic ingredients for a good film are there in the script.

Overall, though, it's also fair to say that the critical response to Straczynski's major film debut isn't anything to write home about so far, and the reasons ring familiar to anyone who's familiar with his comics or television work.

(Rotten Tomatoes currently shows an average rating of 49% for Changeling.)

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