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Thursday, May 24, 2012

J. Edgar by Clint Eastwood, 2011 (R)

with Leonardo DiCaprio (Marvin's Room, Titanic, Shutter Island), Naomi Watts (Fair Game, Dream House), Armie Hammer (Mirror Mirror, The Social Network), Josh Lucas, Judi Dench (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Chocolat), Dermot Mulroney (The Grey), Lea Thompson, Miles Fisher, Ed Westwick (Breaking and Entering), Jeffrey Donovan, Stephen Root (Mad Money, Rango)

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in this riveting biopic as J. Edgar Hoover, the longtime FBI director as notorious for his overzealous methods of law enforcement as for the rumors regarding his cross-dressing and close relationship with protégé Clyde Tolson.

For some reason, the trailer portrayed a political movie, very serious, almost boring. So, of course, I guess no one came to see it, no-one recommended it, and when it was nominated for the Oscars, while Meryl Streep won everything with her performance in "The Iron Lady", no-one considered Leonardo DiCaprio. Sad, his interpretation of the strong and slightly megalomaniac but highly closeted J. Edgar Hoover is very impressive. And as any of Clint Eastwood movies, the characters emotions are perfectly developed, with amazing subtleties and a story that draws you in, no matter the topic, for example "Million Dollar Baby" in 2004 that I can still remember sharply to the latest "Hereafter" and "Invictus".  And I believe the trailer would have played more on the feelings of Hoover, it would have attracted a lot more people. Anyway, after a quite reluctant time, I finally watched it, and it is amazing. It is very interestingly built in a three parallel periods, showing how the FBI got its power, how he managed to create a continuity in its power, no matter the politics, until Nixon arrived and soon took over after the death of Hoover. At the same time, it goes to a more personal side of the story with the complexity of this person in his time. The movie is not so much about good and bad guys, it is the evolution of history, and finally the main character of the story turns out to be America itself.

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