Movie Review: Changeling

email 30 Dec 2008

In its instructions for creating a Mint Julep, The Joy of Cooking warns, citing Voltaire, that “The good is the enemy of the best.”  It is such a joy that Rombauer’s great reference provides nearly as much advice and philosophy on life in general as it does on cooking.  Now… I do not want to cast such negative aspersions upon Clint Eastwood’s Changeling, because it is a wholly worthwhile endeavor, a fine film with much to recommend it.  It is good, perhaps very good, depending on your point of view.  But it is not a “great” film.

I put “great” in quotations because I want to make it clear what I mean by that.  I don’t throw around “great.”  “Great” is a close cousin in my film-talk to “masterpiece.” Continue reading