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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…
One of Eastwood's most revealing films. A story of a 'hero' constructing his own myth and version of the truth out of his denial where contemptuous men lurk in shadows surrounded by secret files. But at its core this is just like most of the man's other late films - beliefs and ideals serving as the main driving force for the narrative thus allowing us to act as a judge over the information presented. What's surprising about this one in particular is just how emotional it all ends up, hell, maybe love is the only thing that keeps these men going to the end.
Hoover, nobody does it like yoooooou
my mom thought j. edgar was played by philip seymour hoffman
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.
A complete disaster that portrays Hoover as a selfish, insecure and intolerant man but we never find out who he really was. Besides, the makeup is atrocious, while the overly desaturated cinematography and dragging pace keep the audience even more emotionally distant.
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Очень долго тянул с просмотром из-за сочетания нудной полит-драмы и пластического грима. Не без этого, но гораздо лучше, чем ожидал.
I honestly dislike documentaries. This was hard for me to finish. I don't even know if edgar was gay or not.
I love Leonardo DiCaprio and loved his work with the role but the film as a whole was not incredibly entertaining but I was done well.
I'm such a sucker for any movie that revolves around politics, controversy, conspiracy, and pretty much anything like it. I thought this was actually a well made movie. DiCaprio killed it as Hoover, which and everyone else did a great job in terms of acting. I wish the movie would've went into more when it came in terms of conspiracy and the like, but that's me being greedy and nitpicking. A fun movie that does a great job at portraying one of history's big names.
Irresponsibly myopic biopic whitewashes Hoover's dubious methods while sentimentally spinning a tale of repressed love, defusing a strong cast.
Very good one :)
el maquillaje es horrible, la foto es espantosa, tiene diálogos terribles y un par de descuidos narrativos que no deberían suceder en una biopic de veinte millones de dólares.
y sin embargo, di caprio se alza por encima de todo eso. qué tipo.
Nothing short of the most clichéd biopic I've ever seen. It had the cheesy, pseudo-inspirational score, the terrible old age makeup, the over exaggerated period sets and costumes, the ficticious plot additions, and the boring cinematography. The performances were fine, but nothing special; Leo seemed to be doing an impression rather than making the character his own. I did enjoy the lighting, though.
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