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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…
Hoover, nobody does it like yoooooou
my mom thought j. edgar was played by philip seymour hoffman
J. Edgar is a slow-moving, well-crafted biopic. Clint Eastwood's fascination with stark lighting is everywhere.
Stern's cinematography is killer, and Eastwood's score is beautiful and tragic.
It's a story about the loneliness of a man and how it drove him to build something remarkable.
If only it could have been executed with more life.
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.
Considering the cast, the director and the subject this should be far better than it is...
Underrated movie and an underrated performance from leonardo dicaprio
I think i hate the man J. Edgar Hoover more than the film. So my rating is more about "watching" the film than "a good" film.
i'm gonna ignore that j edgar was extremely anti communist / black panther but this was so good
J. Edgar's life should have been a great movie, what happened mr. Eastwood?
why have i seen this movie so many times
A bit clumsy but also very, very good at times. The structure and the screenplay add a pluply level of camp to the material that reflects Hoover's own self-editing.
Well acted and directed biopic but emotionally uninvolving and uninteresting. This film will not age well and will probably only be viewed by Di Caprio/Eastwood completionists in the future.
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I have tried to limit this list to proper period dramas (no animated features or alternate histories) and arrange them…