Eastwood is greatly overrated as a filmmaker. He's just coasting on his cultural cachet.
Ne ho sentito parlare così male che mi ero arreso all'idea che questo J.Edgar fosse un fiasco. Invece devo dire che mi è piaciuto, sopratutto per la capacità di tracciare una figura costantemente ambigua, mitomane e vanagloriosa ma estremamente umana. Il ritmo poi non l'ho trovato blando, e lo script è interessante. Il trucco è terribile, non tanto quello di Di Caprio (bravissimo) quanto quello di Hammer. *** e 1/2
Fail. The lighting is way too dark for no reason and i couldn't even concentrate on what the actors were saying with that shitty make up job. Boring and completely ignores the COINTELPRO years. And they make Tolson into a effing queen! This is my first Eastwood directed film and I'm not excited about seeing anything else of his.
J. Edgar is what I thought it would be, or perhaps feared it would be. It is good and Leonardo DiCaprio is great, but it is often dry and tedious, covers way too much ground, way too many historical events, and too many decades to be appropriate for an only 137 minute film. The makeup is not very convincing and some viewers may find it distracting. Clint Eastwood has directed much better films.
Another great one from Eastwood. The best part of this was that is was not just about the character of Hoover, but it was about the whole political atmosphere of the time and the political structure and its loopholes, which gave the opportunity for people like Hoover to take advantage from it. The film had nice and enjoyable feeling right from the start.
Nowhere near as bad as I was led to believe it to be, but also not the underrated film that I hoped for. Just OK. Honestly, as big a fan as I am of Eastwood, this is a biopic/story that probably would have been better served by someone like Oliver Stone giving it the full-on conspiracy treatment.
I'll admit, I have not have seen much Eastwood. I also have not have seen this film for quite sometime. But you know what, I have yet to be convinced that this film is poor. The make-up? Supported by the films play of reality and illusion. Acting? All solid. Script/this never happened? Good script/does not matter. I am growing more confident this is (MASTERPIECE) upper echelon Eastwood. I'll confirm on a re-watch.
This movie lets you to know over the course of two and a half hours that J. Edgar Hoover was probably gay or at the very least kind of an asexual douchebag, though barely touching on anything remarkable he did and it ignores the fact that Bruno Richard Hauptman was innocent. In some weird way it accomplishes the message of the film as being distracted by the gay overtones and not the actual crimes or solving them.
Some movies do not need to be made, some peoples life stories do not need to be told. This was one.
Despite a DiCaprio's convincing performance, and the inclusion of supposedly hot-button sexual issues, this film was a dragging, morose mess, with Dustin Black's trudging script, so burdened with significance, playing chief. The ugly chiaroscuro lighting and Oscar-bait direction made this a slog I'd never endure again.