Since I recently saw "The Nice Guys", and loving the fact that they opened the film with the old 70s…
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…
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.
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…
Maybe old people freak me out, but I'm pretty sure the make up on the Winklevoss Twin was messed up. For that matter, all the aging make up that wasn't on Leo was messed up.
Yep, the performances were all fine, DiCaprio was great despite his awful make-up job, but this film was just so dull.
While I did enjoy American Sniper, there is no denying that Clint Eastwood's direction has just got more and more bland as he's got older. It might be time he just call it a day and retire.
I actually enjoyed this one. I thought going in it was just going to be a snooze fest until the end. But the beginning is quite possibly the best part of the film. With him busting communists. Very interesting story.
Oh boy. Deadly dull. Makeup: abominable. Cinematography: oy.
Film #16 of June Scavenger Hunt
Task # 7: A film starring Naomi Watts
Honestly, with such a star-studded cast I expected so much more from them. They all seemed to just play themselves in a different time period - Leo DiCaprio played the same character he always plays - with the same exact voice as Frank Abagnale
And the make-up is so laughable. What was supposed to be something serious that made young actors their older counterparts made every elder character look - for lack of a better word - creepy.
I don't think I would ever watch this again - which is something that is actually very rare for me. I feel almost as though I wasted over 2 hours of my life.
Such a confusing film to follow. Why end on a melodramatic note when the whole film was dedicated to Hoover's professional work? Was this a movie of his professional doings or his relationship with Clyde? It tries to tackle too much and in turn suffers from that ambition.
The makeup, the fucking makeup.
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All the way from 'The Land Before Time' to 'The Social Network'.
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