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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…
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…
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…
Well filmed and well acted but incredibly rough around the edges, poorly edited, and ultimately uninteresting biopic.
DiCaprio delivers a powerhouse of a performance, but the rest of the film falls a little short on expectations.
Fine performances. Some telling moments. Mostly, though, a disappointing example of muddled storytelling from a director who almost always gets it dead-on. Guess he's only human after all.
Well made in most departments yet lifeless in integrity and style, informing yet uninteresting. Boring as the end result.
The end took it up a notch, but still not very good. Dicaprio was good, but miscasted. Clint Eastwood is a great actor, but not the best director based on this and Invictus. He got the material, but sadly not the talent based on what I've seen so far.
What a beautifully directed and performed biopic Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar was. I knew very little beforehand about the historical figure of J. Edgar Hoover and this outstanding film was a sort of interesting history lesson (even if it wasn't completely accurate) but also a fabulous entertainment and an emotionally engaging experience.
Leonardo DiCaprio has given some even better performances in the past but nonetheless, here he was top-notch once again. Joining him were Naomi Watts, Judi Dench, and Armie Hammer who did very good jobs too.
At the beginning the movie seemed a little bit disjointed due to its narrative pace and the seemingly confusing lack of chronological order in telling Hoover’s life. However, it didn’t take me too…
Excellent acting from Di Caprio in Clint Eastwoods biopic of the FBI boss. It's a shame that it's let down with a poor narrative and lack of action.
I can appriciate the tecnical skills in which this movie is made. But its very boring, the time stands still
Holy shit, 'J. Edgar' was a disaster from start to finish. You know that problem biopics often have, where they're unable to fashion a coherent story out of somebody's real life? This film is the king of that kind of failed biopic, because it doesn't even try and create a narrative for us. There is NO story to this film, it's just a bunch of stuff happening in seemingly random order, with no apparent consequences, until (about half an hour too late) Hoover has a heart attack and finally releases us. When it wasn't boring it was ridiculous, with some of the aging makeup being incredibly amateurish. First 'Hereafter', now this. Sorry to say it, but I think Clint needs to retire.
It's effective in most of the memory scenes but it lacks something in the "older J. Edgar" scenes. It should have had a different approach.
- The Zero Theorem
- The Lego Movie
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
- X-Men: Days of Future Past
- American Reunion
- Searching for Sugar Man
- The Imposter
- Too Big to Fail
- The Girl
All re-watches are excluded.
- The Turin Horse
- Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
- Holy Motors
- The Master
Just what it says on the tin: a rough ranking of 2012 commercial film releases in the US (market for…