Angelina Jolie is a good actress, in my opinion. She doesn’t get the recognition that she deserves in many of her rolls, namely Changeling and Gia. Gia, a film that won two Golden Globes, is about the 1970’s fashion model Gia Carangi, who rebelled from her fathers diner at the age of 17, and then died in 1986 from AIDS at the ripe old age of 26 (which is like 102 in model years). The film is a fantastic character study that has many great elements working with it, such as an equally awesome supporting cast (Elizabeth Mitchell, Scott Cohen, Eric Michael Cole and the great Faye Dunaway), to the actually well-done writing by Jay McInerney and director Michael Cristofer. The film was very controversial because of its graphicism, which included graphic sexual content (such as nude lesbian scenes (I think I just got every dude who never saw this movie interested) and general nude shots) and extreme drug usage.
So the film was interesting and graphic, we understand that, but what was the point to the film? Was it to attempt to sway the people away from the lifestyle that Gia led? Or was it just to show the way things happen to people? The way pressure from all angles can make a person who is good very bad very quickly? The point is that the film is very representative of how the world can effect you in a bad way, be it you are too poor and unknown or too rich, bored and successful. Gia kind of showed me that the best things in life are in no way material, but involve people we love (mind you, this movie didn’t teach me this, but it kind of reflected on what was happening in my life at the time (though I wasn’t doing crack or anything like that)), and that when life can either be short or very long, you should try to enjoy it as much as you can, because the good can be gone before you know it, and the next wave of bad hits before the euphoric feelings of life come back to you.
Best Aspects: Good acting, writing, directing and plot. Though it is a biopic it is certainly gripping.
Bottom Line: A-. Very well done movie that is interesting and should be seen by any fan of biographies.