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.
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…
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…
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…
Standard biopic- Eastwood's very bland take. Leo is good, as always.
A disaster, but a very watchable one.
Quite an interesting film, Clint Eastwood has always done a good job gathering a crew that can put together wonderful cinema. The cinematography in this film, the way the lighting is done, the shots, etc. makes it feel almost surreal, like you are taking a journey through the main characters "memories" (fabrications). Leonardo DiCaprio, never fails to give an awesome performance, and this film is no exception. The make up effects on some of the characters were a bit eh, but it doesn't really take away from anything. I was most impressed with the way they would switch back and forth from "present time" (for the character) and the J. Edgar's recollections.
Overall I found the film to be an interesting story, with some solid cinematography and directing, as well as outstanding acting from an all star cast.
Leo is excellent, the make up feels horrid.
Just didn't grab me. I kept waiting for them to peel off the old people masks Mission Impossible style.
A moving biopic that doesn’t shy away from the more disturbing aspects of its eponymous subject’s life and career. It isn’t difficult to extrapolate a connection between the repression Hoover is alleged to have (and is depicted to have) practiced in his personal life and his authoritarian approach to politics and law enforcement.
Hoover’s alleged closeted (and chaste) homosexuality is just one interesting source of tension. The dichotomy of Hoover’s black-and-white vision of the world and the questionable morals of his actions of FBI Director is another. Hoover deeply desires to be a hero, but life turns out to be much more complicated than that. And it’s DiCaprio’s masterful performance that brings it all together.
7/10: Great but not exceptional. Well-written script, excellent performances by the cast, especialy Leo, whom delivered one of his finest performance...yet again. And Clint never fail to deliver again, though it's not his best, still above average.
I very much prefer it when a different actor plays the older character rather than making the actual actor appear aged with make-up. Just like in this film the result always ends up looking creepy and distracting.
- Gone Girl
- Edge of Tomorrow
- I Killed My Mother
- A Single Man
This list is films with LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual, queer and intersex) content that I watched or will watch
- The Tree of Life
- Certified Copy
- The Master
- Holy Motors