Usually the tautest of directors, Clint Eastwood has gone all slack here, allowing his subject to get completely away from him.
Slack? For reals.. amazing story..well told.. very believable..and that's all 100 of us could talk about at the dinner party last night..
Nov 13 - 06:39 PM
WOW....it just shows how F-ed up rotten tomatoes is....J. Edgar has a lower percentage than Tower Heist...ahaha...im pissing my pants right now....nice review twirp
Nov 16 - 12:20 PM
The story isn't told through J. Edgar's pov as the review claims; it's clearly being told through the eyes of those who relate to him.
Every scene is about how, from the writers he brings in to tell his story, to his secretary Gandy, to his associate and companion Tolson, to his mother, we are informed by how they perceive him.
And he's a strange enigma to them as well as to himself, and I think that's the beauty of the piece.
There's a Brokeback Mountain feel to the characters in how individually repressed they make their lives.
You end up with the strange feeling that they're missing something in their lives despite their professional success.
I lament that plotless movies seem to no longer hold that much esteem with auds today. This movie is wiser than to succumb to an easy plot. Instead, it makes its characters the story.
This movie's at 41% because people wanted a political drama with thrills, but that's not what it is and it's gestting punished for that.
It's a transcendent biopic because it makes its story about how we decide on the things we decide, which is so much more interesting than scoring points for or against the guy. It sees him more clearly than that.
Nov 26 - 01:57 AM
Great review. Especially the following hits it on the spot: "[...]Yet that's precisely what this film fails to do. It doesn't convincingly portray Hoover as either a tragic hero with flaws, or a villain with redeeming humanity.
Consequently, despite DiCaprio's best efforts, the character never comes alive enough to elicit our sympathy or our disdain. Without that investment, the so-called emotional scenes play out like a dry well[...]"
Jan 28 - 01:52 PM