Becky and I went to see the new Clint Eastwood flick J. Edgar on opening night at the AMC theaters in Highlands Ranch, CO. The Fandango website at J. Edgar, describes the movie as follows.
“As head of the FBI for nearly 50 years, J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio) becomes one of America’s most-powerful men. Serving through eight presidents and three wars, Hoover utilizes methods both ruthless and heroic to keep his country safe. Projecting a guarded persona in public and in private, he lets few into his inner circle. Among those closest to him are his protege and constant companion, Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer), and Helen Gandy (Naomi Watts), his loyal secretary.“
J. Edgar is a very well done film about the life of J. Edgar Hoover starring Leonardo DiCaprio and he is amazing in this flick. In fact, Becky and I will be amazed if he doesn’t get nominated and probably win Best Actor for this role in this film. The movie though is directed by Clint Eastwood and his age is showing in this movie. It’s not just this film, but every film that I’ve seen him involved in over the past decade moves extremely slow and J. Edgar moves like a snail across the screen.
The character and the story are quite fascinating. The amount of power and the things that J. Edgar accomplished was incredible. The guy was really an unbelievable icon in American history and he had dirt on everybody, including the Presidents of the United States. Nobody messed with J. Edgar Hoover that’s for sure. Like Becky said when we left the film, “Well, I just had my history lesson for the year.” and that’s a good way to sum up this movie. It’s too long though with too much emphasis on J. Edgar’s secret life as a homosexual.
The biggest problem though is really how slow this film moves while being as long as it is, so I wouldn’t give it high marks for the Directing. On the contrary, I think Eastwood wrecked the film because he spends so much time having Leonardo walk down a hallway, get in a car, watch a horserace with his companion, get his Mom a glass or water or do other things that are just not that relevant to the film. The bottom line is the flick is boring, which is too bad.
It’s a good film to watch for a history lesson and just to watch DiCaprio play on the Big Screen because he was amazing. Beyond that it’s too difficult to sit that long with little going on and the acting just can’t save it.
John – ** Rental
Becky – ** Rental
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