This episode of “The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs” feels like a missed opportunity. Covering 1980’s “The Changeling” seems like an easy fit for the Shudder host, who typically spills out fascinating information about every movie he covers – but here, he seems dispassionate and disinterested. Perhaps he’s not a big fan of the movie, or perhaps he’s covered it before and felt like he had nothing more to add, but Joe Bob’s inserts are dispassionate to the point of catatonia. The episode opens with a 10-minute rant about whiskey that never circles back to the actual movie, which is a superior, classy haunted house entry that deals with grief in a fascinating and downright eerie manner. Darcy the Mail Girl has minimal screen time in this episode, and she seems bored with the movie too, which kinda takes the fun out of it. As a matter of fact, the only time Joe Bob shows any spark of life is when he complains about the film’s fans, which has a tendency to spoil the mood and atmosphere of the movie. Now, all that being said, the movie itself is strong enough to warrant a viewing of the episode, and both Joe Bob and Darcy are terrific on-screen personalities and even at their most dispassionate, they’re still charming and likable.
Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)