Excerpt: J. Edgar tells the story of one of the most powerful men in the US during the Cold War, J. Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI. We follow Hoover as he works his way up the chain of the FBI and forms it into the powerful Bureau it is today.
Excerpt: Ìóâè 43 J. Edgar dodges details. Well, maybe it doesn’t dodge them so much as it touches on them. The feud with the Kennedy’s is tapered off with a somewhat disingenuous phone call. His technical accomplishments are pushed into background activity.
Summary: It’s unfortunate that the writer admits to finding the character “indefensible”. He goes on to say that he attempted to recognize that villains don’t consider themselves villains, not realizing he’s being just as biased in that statement.
Conclusion: 'J. Edgar' examines a controversial figure in American history with a keen, unbiased eye, and though Clint Eastwood's biopic never incites a passionate response, it's nevertheless a finely tuned, thoughtfully presented, and often absorbing piece of work that contains another first-rate performance...
Excerpt: I’m willing to bet that when someone hears the name “J. Edgar Hoover” that certain images of a man dressing up in women’s clothing might emerge. If that’s the case then this isn’t a fact and, more to the point, many of the things that surrounded Hoover are speculation at best.
Conclusion: J. Edgar got a cooler reception than expected. Though it's not a great film, I'd rank it on par with and maybe even slightly above Eastwood's previous two efforts ( Invictus , Hereafter ), which still puts it at the higher end of modern cinema.