Today marks the 5 year anniversary of awesomeness in my life. This list represents every movie my old lady (she…
The Most Powerful Man in the World
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.
J. Edgar Hoover is a fascinating figure in history. An egotistical tyrant, determined, pioneering and still an enigma. Clint Eastwood’s stately biopic is a film more interested in providing a potted history of his life rather than truly getting under the skin of one of the most powerful men in America. The film uses a framing device where the aged and ailing Hoover is recounting his life to a young agent, it allows the film to flash back and forth in time and it also provides the film with a highly subjective voice that neatly skirts around Hoover’s complicated personal life or his less savoury acts in his professional capacity as the head of the FBI. It’s a decidedly old…
J. Edgar Hoover was one of the most powerful men in america. Dirty with his secretive agendas he held power spanning numerous decades. He did some good not everything he did was bad for america.
As for Clint Eastwood's take on J. Edgar it really serves as look through history in different events that brought fourth the power of the F.B.I.
losing it's focus it beats around the bush when it comes to major events and relationships.
One major positive was the performance of Leonardo DiCaprio as the titler J. Edgar Hoover in which he was outstanding being the main reason I stayed with the film.
J. Edgar ultimately left me wanting more.
If it wasn't for Leonardo DiCaprio's superb performance, some great makeup design and some interesting story elements, J. Edgar would have fallen completely flat. That's not to say it's a bad film as it is, because it is sort of interesting and compelling. The thing that saves this movie most of all though is Leonardo DiCaprio, who gives a phenomenal performance in every respect.
For most of the runtime, this movie was completely boring and uninteresting to me. I wish this film showed more of J. Edgar's private life, rather than the stuff that didn't really matter. Obviously, Clint Eastwood knows what he's doing behind the camera, but I truly think that this movie lacks a cohesive narrative and a…
How is this a bad film? Critics and audience a like gave this a lukewarm review and some even hated it. I kept away from this film because of the negative review but decided to give it a chance since I'm studying LGBT Cinema this month and the film falls under that category. Well, I liked this film. I thought it was an interesting take on closet homosexuality and how often what people fear is what is within themselves.
Hoover was according to the film a closet homosexual, taught by his mother to hate his own nature. His obsession for keeping secrets hidden makes him some what an expert in secrets and as such a good candidate to form the…
While watching J. Edgar, I kept thinking about Leo's other big bio-pic, "The Aviator". The two feature similar eccentric, ambitious men who were possessed by their controlling mothers while their quirks began to possess them.
The difference between the two is J. Edgar does pretty much everything poorly, while The Aviator does most of it right. Hughes's mother is seen in one scene, played twice, and captures her presence of him. Hoover's mother is often present, and through clumsy dialogue asserts her control.
The Aviator shows a man whose ambitions consume him. J. Edgar glosses over Hoover's struggles to form his FBI and shows him as an earnest, ambitious man with a few manageable ticks.
The Aviator captures the man…
You know the fake movie trailers playing before Tropic Thunder; Ben Stiller's satire on action movies and the film business. J. Edgar is basically the melodramatic and Oscar bait one with Robert Downey Jr. and Tobey McGuire playing gay Irish monks. Really, I'm not joking.
A biopic about the eponymous head of the FBI, J. Edgar explains the early beginnings of the FBI and the persona of J. Edgar Hoover as Hoover himself supposedly perceived it.
Sure there is lots of potential in the interesting life Hoover lived, but the resulting biopic is weak. Particularly a result of the film never exploring Hoover's motivations. For example, at the beginning of the film Hoover is hunting communists. Why does Hoover feel…
J. Edgar Hoover? More like J. Edgar Snooooooozer. Amirite?!?
Seriously though, despite the interesting subject, J. Edgar is an unnecessarily jumbled and tedious exercise.
Moderate;y engrossing account of J Edgar Hoover's (DiCaprio) career and personal life through the foundation of the FBI until his passing, told via flashbacks by an older Hoover. Eastwood lends the film his usual dry, dispassionate tone, which suits the film well, but having DiCaprio, and Hammer as Hoover's aide, in bad old age make-up for very substantial portions of the film is distracting.
I was dissapointed by this one. First of, I cannot stand actors playing their older selfs, it feels like watching an episode of the Dick van Dyke show. Anyhow, Eastwood's hands are a little tied due to the fact that the film is based on the life of an - albeit enigmatic - famous person. Hence, just like similar films (The Iron Lady), the film ticks off one box in his life stage after the other, without ever surpassing or understating what you may or may not now about Hoover in the first place. Yes, we all love the fact that Hoover's sexuality plays a big part in the film but then again, homosexuality has been en vogue since Brokeback mountain, so that is not a lifesaver. Uninspired and a bit lame. Shame.
"I would rather have a dead son than a daffodil for a son."
I didn't listen to the people who said this film was bad because it stars one of my favourite actors and was directed by one of my favourite directors, so how could it suck? It does. It was a fairly boring movie, i felt myself losing interest multiple times over the course of the film. While i enjoyed Leo's acting, and loved the relationship between Edgar and Clyde and how that played out, the rest of the movie was just fairly poor on a whole. It wasn't very interesting, and for the most part i had no idea what was going on as the past/present scenes didn't mix well together and my limited knowledge of American history just had me wondering if i was supposed to know what was happening.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Iako dosta spor na početku, u sredini dobije fin tempo, kraj mi je malo previše razvučen. Baš random prosječan film, ničim ne odskače, ali nije niti iritantan, malo komunista, puno amerike, malo povijesnih facts i tako... Nije da se previše kužim u personu najjakijeg šefa FBI-aja pa mi je dosta toga bilo i novo.
It was perhaps fitting that the biopic of a man both revered and reviled received such mixed reviews upon release.
J. Edgar was a self confessed labour of love for Clint Eastwood and follows the template of his directorial style for better or worse; satisfyingly old fashioned, epic in length, stately, methodical and conservative. The criticism the film received is understandable given its structural flaws - using an episodic flashback and forward narrative, Eastwood gives us very little to hang onto other than the very flabby and creaky device of the main protagonist, in later years, dictating his life story - but perhaps more frustrating is the kid gloves approach he takes with the more reviled characteristics of Hoover. Certainly…
Well filmed and well acted but incredibly rough around the edges, poorly edited, and ultimately uninteresting biopic.
DiCaprio delivers a powerhouse of a performance, but the rest of the film falls a little short on expectations.
- The Zero Theorem
- The Lego Movie
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
- X-Men: Days of Future Past
- American Reunion
- Searching for Sugar Man
- The Imposter
- Too Big to Fail
- The Girl
All re-watches are excluded.
- The Turin Horse
- Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
- Holy Motors
- The Master
Just what it says on the tin: a rough ranking of 2012 commercial film releases in the US (market for…