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If I could use one word to describe J. Edgar, it would be shock. Shock that they used Leonardo DiCaprio to play him, shock with the pathetic and completely unprofessional make-up work and shock with the less than captivating story line for one of America’s most infamous figures and founder of the F.B.I., J. Edgar Hoover.
Rotten Tomatoes hits the nail on the head with what they had to say about J. Edgar,
Leonardo DiCaprio gives a predictably powerhouse performance, but J. Edgar stumbles in all other departments with cheesy makeup, poor lighting, confusing narrative, and humdrum storytelling.
The storyline falls flat and goes in many different directions, leaving you at times completely confused. For example, we see an older J. Edgar giving an oral dictation of his life, only to swing back to when he was a young man investigating the Lindbergh kidnapping, only to swing over to his “Mommy’s boy” relationship with his mother (Judy Densch), then back to the time he courted his Miss Gandy (Naomi Watts), who later became his loyal secretary, then topping it all off with his very close relationship with his deputy, Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer). Not to mention his brief encounter with Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy Jr. If it sounds like a tornado, it is.
In spite of all this no matter how hard I tried to not like this film, I can’t. Maybe it’s because I find it hard to believe that Clint Eastwood directed such a boring movie, but really it is due to the wonderful performances, despite their having to deal with a poor script.
J. Edgar is Worth Seeing on video.
Movies Worth Seeing or Not rating: 6.5/10