I made to sure check out Clint Eastwood's masterful new film Changeling with a relatively packed house at my local theatre this weekend. I would say that the general audience reaction was very strong and that this is a film that will go pretty far on positive word of mouth.
In addition to gauging the reaction to Changeling, it was interesting to see the way that the audience reacted to the trailer for Eastwood's other new release this fall, Gran Torino.
While Changeling earns a respectful response from its viewers, it looks like Torino is going to earn a more tangible level of excitement. It was obvious that the audience I watched the trailer with got a kick out of Eastwood acting like a tough guy again.
It looks like Angelina Jolie is going to be the one that gets recognition for Changeling, while Eastwood's best award season chances are likely to come from Torino.