Excerpt: After being appointed to the Bureau of Investigation in 1924, J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio) developed methods for cataloging fingerprints of potential criminals and using forensic experts to catch them, turning the agency into a crack team of crime fighters which he directed for over 35 years.
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. Hoover’s bending of the rules are displayed without any thrust. The approach has a purpose.
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. I get the idea that Eastwood didn’t completely buy into the way Hoover is represented here, and there appears to be a philosophical clash between writer and director. That’s never a good thing, and the movie suffers all the more for it.
Conclusion: J. Edgar is by no means a bad or horrible film. If anything, its faults lie in that for as much information that is shown, we still don’t know that much about him. I can accept that in real life, but not in a dramatization, because it’s supposed to be a DRAMATIZATION! That’s my only nitpick. On the more positive side of things – the video and audio specifications are above the line, but the one paltry special feature is a slap in the face.
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 from Leonardo DiCaprio. Warner's Blu-ray treatment is slim on supplements, but features solid audio and video that make the period come alive. The times of J.
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. Is it really a surprise that the man who started the Federal Bureau of Investigation is shrouded in mystery? Hoover was more of a visionary and some might even say a genius.