J. Edgar (2011)
Story/Description: J. Edgar is the beacon of the crime-busting unit of America for almost fifty-years. J.E. Hoover which is portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio has retained his popular stature that made him reviled and revered by everyone. However, on the bottom of his success and splendor are secrets that would devastate his career, his image and most importantly his life.
Synopsis: A staggering story of a man who has been feared and admired, “J.Edgar” features the unfathomable and lucrative life of one of the most prominent figures of the 20th century. A melodramatic trail on his private and public life renders how the influence of this extraordinary man defied the levers of the government. With strong political allusion, this movie is a manifestation on how an extraordinary and tortured man has been able to handle one of the most powerful organizations of the government for 48 years and it is “the Federal Bureau of Investigation”. Even though he served eight presidents during his time, J. Edgar Hoover had different thoughts in his mind and only served himself through those times.
Genre: Biography | Drama
Running Time: 137 minutes
Directed By: Clint Eastwood
Written By: Dustin Lance Black
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer and Naomi Watts
Movie Release Date: November 11, 2011
We may have encountered many biographical movies that seemed true more than the others, while there are also portrayals that we intend to watch and forget, but there is one thing that made these movies worth watching and that is because they revolve on one common purpose. The goal of these movies is to tell stories that most of us may never knew at all.
From a well-known novel of Dustin L. Black, J. Edgar takes a slice in the life of Hoover’s careers when he headed the Federal Bureau of Investigation. J. Edgar, which is portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio, has one vision. His vision is to build a government agency that would provide the best crime laboratories and fingerprint filing centers, which will eradicate all forms of crime in the United States. Although he met many obstacles along the road, his passion to fight felony is incomparable and immeasurable, his trusted man- C. Tolson portrayed by Armie Hammer was his companion in achieving this dream. He is also the one who found out Hoover’s hidden truths about his personal sexuality and life. When things get worse, J. Edgar preferred to be with Clyde. And that was the part of the movie where things get complicated.
Anyone will be amazed to find out that the director of this movie is Clint Eastwood and people might be surprise that he is able to direct a film containing sensitive issues like homosexuality. It may have been the turning point film of the renowned actor/director (Clint Eastwood) but as it turns out it is the last film he’s doing on this genre. Having a movie that contains historical and political values like this can add credit to Clint Eastwood and it is also something that people will remember and treasure.