Summary: The story about J. Edgar Hoover who was one of the most prominent faces of law enforcement for 50 years in the United States. This movie is directed by the great man himself (Clint Eastwood) and I thought this movie was going to be brilliant and I also thought this was going to be Leonardo DiCaprio best role yet, And I only got one thing right and that is Leonardo DiCaprio acting in this film but the rest is a bit of a let down.
Excerpt: J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio) was presented in his youth and twilight years. He informs his mother (Judi Dench) that he becomes the Director for Bureau of Investigation while hiring Helen Gandy (Naomi Watts) as his personal secretary. Hoover then handpicks his division and hires Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer). DiCaprio's performance was spectacular and Dench always impresses.
Summary: I was really looking forward to this movie because I had heard so many good reviews about it, but I was kind of dissepointed. It didn't have many highlights and I almost fell asleep when I was watching it.
Excerpt: Dustin Lance Black and Clint Eastwood took what should have been a fascinating story and mangled it into a completely uninteresting movie. In short, it left out so much that should've been on screen and focused on the more boring details. And, while I'm not someone who needs a movie to be linear to enjoy it, J. Edgar is sort of ridiculous. It jumps around far too much and throws too many things at you.
Summary: A slightly above average movie. Eastwod shows some good style and the music is also above average. DiCaprio performs his best, The movie just isn't good. Too slow at times and a bit choppy. Leave these movies up to Scorsese or even Spielberg. I learned a lot though.
Summary: Every second of DiCaprio and Hammer in their rubber old man make-up (complete with terribly cliched old men shaky walks and bad shaky voices) is a blow against an otherwise interesting film. And there are enough seconds to turn the whole film into a joke. Dreadful performances. Eastwood really let this one get away from him. Too bad.
Summary: This probably could have been a lot better than it was, but unfortunately a disappointing script from Dustin Lance Black holds this film back. The film tries to be a biographical drama about J. Edgar Hoover, but there's too much back and forth between an older Hoover reflecting on his tenure as director of the FBI (including highlights from his career) and how Hoover lived out his last days.
Summary: There have been great films of the past that act as biographies, showing the passions, sufferings, scandals and character of the subject. A director best known for these is Oliver Stone, whose prime works include JFK (1991), Nixon (1995) and W. (2008). In taking on a project regarding J Edgar Hoover, Clint Eastwood was perhaps trying to mimic Oliver Stone.
Summary: Well, I cannot think of much positive to say about this film. There was nothing new to be learned, no subplots developed, nothing revealed, and it just seemed like Eastwood was lost. Leonardo was packed under tons of makeup to play the elder Hoover with the film flashing back to key points in the pasts. Yet these key points were nothing we did not already know about and nothing knew was Well, I cannot think of much positive to say about this film.
Summary: Unfortunately, a bit of a snoozer. The movie is well-acted and nicely photographed. The movie's story never takes off. Why should we care about J. Edgar Hoover? I don't know - I care less about him no than before I saw the film. Hoover was a man of secrets with few friends and perhaps that is why there seems so little to tell.