Changeling. Man, Clint Eastwood has a steady hand. He will take his damn time and everything will be in its place. He even did the music. There’s no razzle-dazzle here, it’s just firm, reliable storytelling. I’m glad he didn’t go into the more lurid aspects of the story, focusing more on building your outrage and indignation. You only see one death in full and its impact caught me off-guard. Heavy stuff. Angelina Jolie is excellent. The only other Jolie films I’ve seen are one of the Tomb Raider films (ugh) and Mr. & Mrs. Smith (eehhhh), so this was a nice change.

My current rankings for Eastwood’s work as director:

  1. Unforgiven
  2. Gran Torino
  3. Million Dollar Baby
  4. The Outlaw Josey Wales
  5. Changeling
  6. Play Misty for Me
  7. Bird
  8. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Lots of good work there. Cf. Hitchcock.