As the face of law enforcement in America for almost 50 years, J. Edgar Hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life.
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I give these film three stars because of Leonardo DiCaprio's performance. He went really deep into this character and delivered a heart felt and insightful performance. This is Clint Eastwood trying to be Scorsese.
It's probably eastwood's worst film, together with Invictus and Firefox. The script and direction are just so conventional and boring. After more than two hours of film the only words you can pronounce are: "So What?!!" And let's not forget the make-up, whch is just plain ridiculous.Who would say that after "Gran Torino", old dirty Clint would live to disgrace himself with these last awful three films???
Uneven effort from Clint Eastwood suffers from some major shifts in tone, from dry history lesson to overheated melodrama. But it is a handsomely-made film, fast-paced with a number of compelling moments and grounded by Leonardo DiCaprio's strong central performance. Not among Eastwood's best, but worth watching despite its flaws.
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.
The negativity surrounding this film is uncalled for; it has its weaknesses, yes, but Eastwood's direction and DiCaprio's performance more than make up for it. DiCaprio proves again that he's an actor who can handle difficult material, and not the joke he is often made out to be by his detractors. It could have had more, but I loved what was there.
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 couldn't really connect with the J. Edgar and Clyde relationship, and seeing as how it's the central driving force of the film I was left to ponder the film's less revealing underlying implications. These I enjoyed very much, such as the surely intentional comparisons similar security issues the US faces today. The AUMF, the Patriot Act... Hoover probably would have advocated these himself.
Nothing fancy about this one, some uses of archives are interesting but apart from this it's lot of greys, beiges and blacks. The story is really appealing since the narration is being cut in a quite disturbing way (not hard to follow, but not pleasing either.)
And this poor Clyde fellow really looks like an alien, especially when you see his shadow being the glass door.