J. Edgar Movie Reviews

J. Edgar

J. Edgar

Release Date: Nov 09, 2011

Genre: Drama

Rating: (R)

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  • 1
    What a waste of time and money. This film is nothing more than another attempt to make homosexulality socially acceptable. Like this film it is morally indefensible and emotionally disordered.
    Find something that will edify your character rather than leave you feeling like someone just puked on you.
  • 1
    Warning! This is not so much a movie as it is another of the too-often-made pro-homosexual movies. How many times do we watch a movie half way, then suddenly find ourselves subjected to something we simply do not want to see?
    Once they have you "hooked", curious to see the conclusion of the movie, they introduce vulgarity, nudity, homosexuality, or some other perversion of what ought to be.
    In this flick, -surprise- J. Edgar Hoover is gay, loves fashion, and emplaced his gay (lover?) as his Assistant Director at the FBI. As far as I can observe, every single Hollywood (Hellywood, to some) movie is a targeted socialization, a kind of thought-introduction or dumbing down of what we personally experience into what those controlling Hollywood want us to think.
    This is why movies like Courageous, made outside Hollywood, are becoming more and more popular. I want to see something that enriches me. I do NOT want to see something that makes me, as my wife said when we got home, "want to pray for two hours just to get clean."
    Do NOT see this one. Not on the Silver Screen, not on DVD, not on Netflix.
  • 3
    I expected this film to be amazing, I guess my expectations were way too high and i was disappointed with this film. Clint Eastwood always delivers and I was surprised to see that in this film he let his subjects to get away from him. I really did not understand the choice of putting old make up on Leonardo Di Caprio, it did not look real or good, however Di Caprio did a great job with this role and I was once again impressed by his talent. I really think that Leonardo Di Caprio shoul at last be recognized for his talent and be nominated for this role, it is a bit ridiculous that he has not been nominated yet. Overall, this film was just alright but Di Caprio’s performance was superb.
  • 3
    I did not like this film and I do not recommend seeing it in the theaters. I really thought that this film is going to be great because it has such an amazing cast and Clint Eastwood is the director but the film was not good at all and I am very sad to say that. The old make up bothered me a lot and I can not believe that it was not obvious for the filmmakers that it will be a big issue, however DiCaprio did a great job with the role, he is truly a great actor to pull off this kind of role, especially when he does not look like Hoover at all. Overall, I think you will be better off renting this film when it comes out on DVD.
  • 3
    This is a drama about J. Edgar Hoover who was feared and admired by many but behind closed doors he held a huge secret, the film is directed by Clint Eastwood and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer and Naomi Watts. I was really looking forward to this film and I was disappointed a bit when I saw it. The film did not work for me and it is very weird because Clint Eastwood is a great director and the cast was amazing but somehow the film felt fake and uninspired. Leonardo Di Caprio was amazing as Hoover, at first I was very doubtful about him playing J.Edgar because he looks absolutely nothing like him but DiCaprio pulled it off and did a great job. Overall, I do not recommend seeing this film in the theaters.
  • 3
    J. Edgar is one of those maddeningly fascinating biopics. The subject is interesting, the acting superb, and the direction solid. But it's not a great film, mainly because its focus is all over the place, and it brings up theories about its protagonist that it just flirts with instead to making a choice about.
    The fascinating part is how Hoover's life seems to have been shaped by what may have been closeted homosexuality and a domineering mother who made him keep this secret. Hoover is one of those characters whose overly moralistic behavior was hiding his love of the man who would be his assistant for much of his time as the FBI's top guy. At least, that's what the movie seems to be saying. Unfortunately, it doesn't do this overtly, and by not really taking a stance, I felt it took some of the punch out of the film, just making it a solid, Oliver Stone-esque biopic.
    As you'd expect, the acting is great. DiCaprio is one of the best actors around, Judi Dench is her usually excellent self. The best performance comes from Army Hammer, who was so good in The Social Network, and proves that performance wasn't a fluke. Clint Eastwood's direction is, as mentioned before, solid, as you'd expect from such a pro, but this movie feels like a lost opportunity in many ways, and it would have been nice for Eastwood to take some risks.

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