J. Edgar

The most powerful man in the world
The most powerful man in the world
J. EDGAR (15)
D: Clint Eastwood
Warner Bros./Imagine/Malpaso (Clint Eastwood, Brian Grazer & Robert Lorenz)
US 2011
137 mins


W: Dustin Lance Black
DP: Tom Stern
Ed: Joel Cox & Gary Roach
Mus: Clint Eastwood

Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar Hoover), Armie Hammer (Clyde Tolson), Naomi Watts (Helen Gandy), Josh Lucas (Charles Lindbergh), Judi Dench (Anna Marie Hoover)

A rather pedestrian biopic of John Edgar Hoover from the birth of the FBI to his death. The story is a bit of a hodgepodge, dipping in and out of historical chronology and skirting around Hoover's personal life, his homosexual tendencies and his stash of personal files on senior political figures, unfortunately because the story stays on the periphery of such matters and never tackles the real bones of the subject, the narrative becomes incredibly monotonous.
Considering the talents involved and the fact that it's directed by Clint Eastwood and written by the Oscar-winning writer of Milk, I expected a bit more from this.
The worst thing about the film by far is the "old age makeup". Better techniques were used in Citizen Kane and that movie is well over 70 years old!

Leonardo DiCaprio & Armie Hammer in J. Edgar
Leonardo DiCaprio & Armie Hammer in J. Edgar