Posted on 8/12/12 08:44 AM
Information is power
J. Edgar decides that after fifty years in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that it is time to sit down and tell his tale of the historical events that lead to the FBI being where it is today. The story also tells the bond of Clyde Tolson who served as Hoover's best friend and closest colleague and how their bond made all those years possible.
"I'd rather have a dead son than a daffodil for a son."
Clint Eastwood, director of Million Dollar Baby, The Changeling, Gran Torino, Mystic River, Invictus, Flags of our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, Unforgiven, Space Cowboys, Absolute Power, and Bloodwork, delivers J. Edgar. The storyline for this picture is very good and the action scenes are interesting; however, it's the acting that carries this movie. Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts, and Judi Dench all deliver wonderful performances.
"A man's legacy is determined by where the story ends."
I was excited to see this film when I first read about it but waited till it aired on cable (and this just aired on HBO for the first time last night). I found this picture better than average but far from Eastwood or DiCaprio's best films. I did enjoy following the movie and watching the bond between Hoover and Tolson unfold. Overall, this is definitely worth watching but may not be worth adding to your DVD collection.
"Are you smoking?"
"It doesn't come naturally mother."