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…
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.
För en nörd som jag som gillar 1) biopics 2) USA 3) allt som har med underrättelsetjänster att göra, är det här en fest. För andra, kanske desto mer långtråkigt. Eastwood har trots allt lyckats skapa ett habilt porträtt av FBI:s komplexe pappa, J. Edgar Hoover, fint gestaltad av Leonardo DiCaprio.
There are two main storylines plaited through J. Edgar, Clint Eastwood’s 32nd body of work . The first is a by the numbers, rise to power tale of J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio) powerfully rising through the ranks of the FBI. The second sees the powerfully risen J. Edgar Hoover ghostwriting his rising of power whilst simultaneously trying to stop someone rising to power in American politics. During the 137 minute running time, neither amounts to anything more solid than cappuccino fluff, wrapped in pastry.
So, where does it all go wrong? Pretty much everywhere to be frank. It’s like a buffet of poor decisions and ill-judged moments, washed down with a glass of Châteauneuf-du-Poop.
Screenwriter, Dustin Lance Black, gave…
Bland, tedious and colorless.
Everything I expect from a Clint Eastwood film.
“J. Edgar” fue una de las grandes decepciones del pasado año 2011. La fórmula estaba ahí: buen director (Clint Eastwood) y buen actor (Leonardo Di Caprio) en un biopic que se estrena a finales de año. ¿Resultado? Ninguna nominación para los Oscar y lo que es peor, un frío recibimiento por parte del público. Digo peor porque cada vez me resultan más irrelevantes las decisiones de la Academia, lo que no quita que sea muy sorprendente ver a una película de estas características con 0 nominaciones.
Los motivos por los cuales “J. Edgar” causó tanta expectación (y en consecuencia, provocaron su caída) son evidentes: con Eastwood y Di Caprio solo puede salir un peliculón ganador de 25 mil Oscar. Entiendo…
Read my Washingtonian review.
I cannot deny the cinematic grandeur of Eastwood as a filmmaker, but boy does he play into some conspiracy theories in this film. DiCaprio excels as Hoover in notable ways, even managing to make some questionable makeup choices look subtle.
J. Edgar was informative. It was also long and boring. Leo couldn't pull off portraying J. Edgar Hoover. The makeup used to show the characters aging was distracting.
when clint eastwood says "cut" it's because he just woke up, if gran torino filmed in 17 days, j. edgar filmed in 17 hours, and it's my favorite movie because of how lazy clint eastwood is, he hates movies
i know this because i am his butler, the butler, starring violin davis, cello davis, bass davis, and viola blackenship
i am the next roger ebert, y'all BEST NOT HATE
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