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J Edgar [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
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Leonardo DiCaprio played J.Edgar similar to how he played Howard Hughes. The script brings out the complexity of Hoover as both a genius patriot and a blackmailing diabolical man. It shows him as reluctant to spy on reporters for Nixon and someone who disliked Joe McCarthy. An interesting movie for any history buff. It connects to our present era of terrorism and extradition.
one f-bomb, the cs word, no nudity, shadow sex with noises.
These two events take over an hour to portray and then suddenly we jump to the JFK assassination. In that time the worst ever Bobby Kennedy lookalike has appeared two times (a later Richard Nixon lookalike is equally poor) as Eastwood's direction jumps all over any attempt at historical narrative.Read more ›
The actors who have worked with him have been blessed with Oscar: Gene Hackman for Unforgiven, Tim Robbins and Sean Penn for Mystic River, Morgan Freeman and Hilary Swank for Million Dollar Baby.
When I heard Clint Eastwood was doing a movie about Hoover, I admit I was somewhat excited, although it would be a challenging movie to do.
I wondered would it deal with the relationship with the Kennedys, conspiracy theories, Hoover's alleged homosexuality, and alleged crossdressing, if it would deal with the entire career, if it would dare to show him in all his unpleasantness and darkness.
If Hoover were alive today, I think he would be horrified at this movie. Undoubtedly, no such movie could have been made while he was alive.
J Edgar deals with the entire span of J Edgar's career and makes brave choices in portraying the relationship between he and his No 2, Colson. The screenplay was written by same person who wrote the screen play for Milk.
With Martin Scorsese making his first movie apart from DiCaprio in 12 years Leonardo does an outstanding job in the title role, as does Armie Hammer in the role of Colson. Naomi Watts plays Hoover's long time secretary to whom he proposes early in the movie, and Judi Dench plays his domineering and controlling mother.Read more ›
I enjoyed this movie, it was low intensity drama but high octane history and with nice period reconstructions. I found the frequent flashbacks distracting at times but it covers a long life at the heart of momentous events. It is about the man not the desk he sat behind. The film explores Hoover's relationship with his mother, his loyal secretary Helen Gandy and his working and personal relationship with Clyde Tolson. Tolson was his deputy, companion and homosexual partner but the details - emotional and mechanical - have never really been defined. I noticed, and I am not that well read, numerous errors and inaccuracies. You can find your own but Helen Gandy took weeks to destroy Hoover's private files after his death. The film implies it was done in hours thwarting Richard Nixon's desire to get his hands on them. Hollywood!
A good directors' commentary to add historical and political depth should have been provided. Most people buying this DVD will be interested in the politics. This is a serious biography of a controversial man who held a degree of power never to be concentrated (we can but hope) in one pair of hands again. Many scenes allude to his malign influence - for example with Bobby Kennedy - but these are dramatic interpretations. Some parts need explanation to all but the very well read, for example what was that tape Hoover was listening too when he heard the JFK has been shot, what was it telling us about (which one or JFKs women or harem of prostitutes was it?). On a personal level, his father appears early in the movie stricken by dementia, tell me more. They depicted Hoover's ideals, he was a patriot at a time when America did have violent and motivated internal enemies.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought for friends and they love it. Leonardo di Caprio putting in a fine performance as the nast Mr Hoover.Published 20 days ago by Kevin
A very good plot and very informative, the different era's of J.Edgar rein was nailed to perfection. Great performance from Leonardo DiCaprio as expected.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I found this film fascinating. Whether it is entirely factual is, arguably, debatable, nevertheless, it has a real sense of history. Read morePublished 1 month ago by H V. Der Meer
I am hard oh hearing and the subtitles were out of synch making this to hard to follow. Please fix this Amazon, other films and shows stat there are subtitles and there are nonePublished 2 months ago by Liz
incredible acting more than the story, story very gripping all in all extremely enthralling, continues all elements values, emotions of a memorable work, for me personally the most... Read morePublished 2 months ago by anne