Today marks the 6 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.
I don't understand how anyone could see this and think that American Sniper is unambiguously endorsing Chris Kyle's view of the world. Like that film, like Jersey Boys, Eastwood here is on the side of a delusional American, but not his delusion. Perhaps contrast to Oliver Stone's Nixon, which attempts to understand its subject by building up pity for him, rather than empathy. Eastwood lets his Hoover indulge his own myths about himself, poking holes in the facade at opportune moments, while still allowing him a genuine humanity. We get Hoover as he saw himself and Hoover as he was and it's left to us to decide what to do with that which is irreconcilable.
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…
J. Edgar is well modulated, stately biopic that is undermined by its own good taste. The film is a little sympathetic, sympathetic to everyone. It has the hackneyed and formulaic biopic conceit of a man at the end of his life, looking back on his life. This allows the film to present the protagonist in a good light, while maintaining the distance of claiming it is their story, thus inconsistencies and rose-tint is acceptable. It is get-out-of-jail filmmaking. Though, it does turn on itself before the ending, nicely setting the whole film as a lie.
J. Edgar is a rather well made and wholly engaging piece of cinema. It has an intriguing top-line cast, with Leonardo DiCaprio (often under heavy…
The acting, directing, cinematography, costumes and time period details are impeccable. It is fun to watch DiCaprio and Eastwood at work. It provides a good background into the life of Hoover and the birth of the FBI. There are short scenes that work very well. The element against the film is that is focused on a grand scheme basis of six decades in the life of the FBI Director. It does not hold up on the grand vision. It lacks focus because it only considers the "forest." As a film, it would have been more successful to focus on a particular aspect or period of his life. As it stands, it provides brief insights into various important events in the…
Poorly lit and rather dull, and yet, I like it anyway, mostly because of Armie Hammer, who adds both much-needed levity and much-needed heart. This wants to be the story of a controversial "great man," in his success and in his terrible, evil decisions, but it's most successful as a bittersweet love story, which somewhat transcends the otherwise stale biopic beats.
Sou fã de Clint Eastwood, uma lenda viva do cinema, um profissional inigualável que é bastante dedicado no que faz, no entanto não gostei de "J. Edgard", um filme bastante cansativo, pouco envolvente, com DiCaprio sem o mesmo brilho de trabalhos anteriores e um dos aspectos mais negativos certamente foi a maquiagem, algo que me incomodou bastante o filme inteiro.
I don't get it. Between this and "Iron Lady" Hollywood is doing an impressive job of making interesting life stories into mind-numbingly dull feature films. P.S. DiCaprio doesn't make a believable old man...
"-Isn't that illegal?
-Sometimes you have to bend the rules, in order to keep your country safe."
Leonardo dicaprio is amazing just like always. He is very good as J Edgar Hoover. Now i know why he is in my top 5 actors.
The way it was shot was also very good, and all the actors in this movie are very good. The storyline is also very nice.
Gonna watch this again that's for sure.
Really recommend this to everyone, also when you don't know nothing about hoover.
Clint Eastwood has always had this formula for telling stories in the blandest way possible. He has never perfected it better with this 137-minutes long explosion of dull colors and lifeless characters which is funny considering that this is based on real people.
And you can always clap at Leonardo DiCaprio for putting on the same performances in all the films he wants to be serious in.
The best I can say is that it kept me engaged, but ultimately it is a low-point for both Leo and Clint, turning in a strained performance and a direction lacking in subtlety respectively.
This list is films with LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual, queer and intersex) content that I watched or will watch