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…
DVD: I should have seen this one on the big screen. I would love to see a print of this. Most of Clint's films should have been at least nominated for Best Cinematography. This film is no exception.
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…
I'm not American. I don't really know much about J Edgar Hoover, just the odd bit of general knowledge or trivia, so I was quite interested to see this film, if only to learn a bit more about this character that has always sounded quite interesting to me.
In that respect, it delivered. Sure it was pretty dry and had that familiar Clint Eastwood direction, but I enjoyed it. I found it fascinating at times, thought the performances were entertaining and the plot engaging.
The main criticism I have is that although it wasn't too long, it certainly felt like a 2 hour long film. It definitely did not have a quick pace to it. Bit of a case of…
Such a disappointing, incoherent mess. I heard the negative talk and reviews but figured I would at least get something interesting out of this. Boy was I wrong. With a figure as interesting as J. Edgar, the possibilities were endless for intense and intriguing filmmaking. Instead, it basically is mostly a love story between Hoover and Tolson. What a jip!
List of problems with J. Edgar:
• Wasted opportunities: with World War I, prohibition, the depression, World War II, Communism, the Red Scare, the Cold War, his strange relationships with various presidents, the list goes on…So much they could have shown us! Instead they focus on an alleged homosexual relationship between him and Clyde Tolson for about two-thirds of the…
☠ "No one freely shares power in Washington, D.C." ☠
☑ Leonardo DiCaprio
☑ Armie Hammer (Arm and Hammer, anyone?)
☑ Clint Eastwood directing
☑ American history
This is was going to be watched with my undivided attention. No exceptions. J. Edgar obviously is about him founding the FBI, but the question as I started to watch was how will J. Edgar Hoover be portrayed? Sure enough, Hoover is portrayed as a very, very unethical man with some questionable characteristics pertaining to his lifestyle (at the time mind you). Clint Eastwood literally draws out the worst things about Hoover and promotes the ugliest rumors (while proof of such rumors has been taken to the grave with Hoover and his closer companions).
If you are a fan of the acting behemoth known as DiCaprio, that gives you a great reason to watch this. Clint's directing streak has been solid as well. J. Edgar is not to be missed.
J. Edgar with his ambitions, family background and personal relationships, shaped and recreated the FBI in his own image. This is a long and heavy movie as a great biopic should be, with DiCaprio making an outstanding performance.
Leonardo DiCaprio delivers an incredible performance as the titular character, but J. Edgar is an otherwise disappointing biopic with poor cinematography, little to no intensity, and a non-engaging story.
Good biopic, with some well written scenes. But I don't see why biopics have to cover almost the entirety of a person's life, if you were writing a film about a fictional character, it would be unlikely that you would set it over 50 years of that person's life. The film would have been effective if it had concentrated on one particular moment of Hoover's life. However, Leo was excellent and should have got an Oscar nomination, and the film kept me entertained throughout and was at times even touching and moving.
"Do I kill everything that I love?"
At points this film showed signs of pure genius, during which I caught sights of Citizen Kane, but at most it was simply mediocre. Good performances doesn't save poor storytelling, and when it's all wrapped up in an unappealing visual aesthetic, the film begins to become a rather tiresome watch.
Being a young lad that lives in the UK, who never took History during his education, I think it's important to note that this film is the first I'd ever heard of J. Edgar Hoover. Disgraceful as that may seem, I don't really see when, in my life, I would have had to have been taught about the once director of the FBI,…
Resolve. Courage. Will. These are but a few of the adjectives J. Edgar Hoover might have fancied for himself and his work at the Federal Bureau of Investigations for nearly half a century. Though the eight presidents that presided throughout the same 48 years may have been elected to the highest office in the land, it was truly Hoover who had the power in Washington. Mountains of confidential files about every high ranking official in America were under the watchful eye of Hoover, and upon his death, all of those files were eradicated. The most interesting secrets, however, pertained to Hoover himself. Be it his steadfast devotion to his mother, or his suppressed feelings for his second in command, Clyde…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Di caprio yine muhtesem ama agir ilerleyen bir film...
Not much more than a made for tv movie. We've seen better from the forces behind this film.