J Edgar (Blu-ray + DVD) (2011)
|From director Clint Eastwood comes the drama "J. Edgar," starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role. During his lifetime, J. Edgar Hoover would rise to be the most powerful man in America. As head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for nearly 50 years, he would stop at nothing to protect his country. |
Through eight presidents and three wars, Hoover waged battle against threats both real and perceived, often bending the rules to keep his countrymen safe. His methods were at once ruthless and heroic, with the admiration of the world his most coveted, if ever elusive, prize.
As seen through the eyes of Hoover himself, "J. Edgar" explores the personal and public life and relationships of a man who could distort the truth as easily as he upheld it during a life devoted to his own idea of justice, often swayed by the darker side of power.
"...the look of J. Edgar is spot-on. Austin Chronicle
"...a feat of acting, from the inside out. Entertainment Weekly
Editor's NoteAcclaimed actor Leonardo DiCaprio stars in Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood's richly detailed biopic exploring the life and career of controversial FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. For nearly 50 years, Hoover (DiCaprio) fought crime as one of the most powerful law enforcers in America. During Hoover's extended stint as Director of the FBI, however, his penchant for bending the law in the name of seeking justice and using the secrets of high profile leaders to gain personal leverage won him just as many supporters as detractors. Little did many other than his loyal colleague Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer) and faithful secretary Helen Gandy (Naomi Watts) know, however, that Hoover himself was a man with many secrets to hide. Josh Lucas, Judi Dench, and Stephen Root co-star in film written by Oscar-winning MILK scribe Dustin Lance Black.
J. Edgar - Blu-Ray DVD Review
By: The Other Chad Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 3/2/2012 6:32 PM
|Director Clint Eastwood had a very tough sell with his biopic J. Edgar. The story of the very first director of the FBI was not greeted enthusiastically by either critics or moviegoers. This is the type of historical epic that is often expected to rack up Oscar nominations, yet the film didn’t earn a single one. Much of this can be explained very simply: the film is a jumbled mess that ultimately sheds little light on the importance and influence of J. Edgar Hoover. There are some interesting passages, but in the end it seems like the filmmakers just weren’t sure how to handle their subject....read the full review|