J. Edgar 2011 ★★½

The main problem with this languid and dragging biopic of the infamous founder of the American FBI is its failure to dramatise what should be gripping and monumental moments in history, such as the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, conveying these earth-shaking events in a "oh, by the way, this happened" manner. The fine performance by Di Caprio and Clint Eastwood's typically unfussy direction hold it together, but on the whole it's a largely unremarkable film... and a rather ugly one too, the whole thing seeming to take place in undersaturated near-darkness. The "old man" make-up on Armie Hammer is pretty dreadful too.

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