J. Edgar

Tuesday, September 27 th, 2016 at 00:09 am 

J. Edgar

JOY REVIEW

J. EDGAR: This is the much-awaited biopic by Clint Eastwood starring Leonardo DiCaprio. I must say it really left me cold. I like Leo a lot, and I thought, “J. Edgar, what a cool subject,” and the posters look wonderful, but this movie was so disappointing. Part of it is the make up is just not very good. I know he is a controversial figure: eight presidents, 50 years of running the FBI; there should be some excitement about this. It tries to cover too much and it tries to be politically correct, but we really don’t care about him riding around on a bicycle in 1919, and such scenes as seeing the head of the FBI’s house bombed, which should be very exciting, is not. The cast is terrific. Naomi Watts plays his longtime secretary, and when he asks her to marry him after their third date, she says “I don’t plan to marry.” Now, why is that?  There are just so many unanswered questions. The make-up, I guess, should not really be part of the decision of why you like a movie or not, but when so much of it is flashing back and forth from figures being young and being old… I thought this was a disappointment. It was dull even though it covered so much and Hoover did do some interesting things. His sexuality aside, I think it either should have focused on the fact that he was most likely gay and more focus on his long-time amoretto Clyde Tolson, or perhaps that he pioneered forensic science, or that he had a difficult relationship with JFK and RFK, or that he spied on everybody. By trying to cover everything I think it covered nothing and left me cold. Two stars.

JOY METER