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J. Edgar

Darsteller / Actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Judi Dench 
Regie / Director Clint Eastwood 
Total run time
Vö / Release
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19 Jan 2012
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The story:
During his lifetime, J. Edgar Hoover (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) rose to be the most powerful man in America. As head and founder 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 and the admiration of the world his most coveted, if ever elusive, prize.
Hoover was a man who placed great value on secrets–particularly those of others–and was not afraid to use that information to exert authority over the leading figures in the nation. Understanding that knowledge is power and fear poses opportunity, he used both to gain unprecedented influence and to build a reputation that was both formidable and untouchable. In particular, his alleged homosexual relationship with his closest deputy Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer) remains unresolved to this day.

The film, "J. Edgar"
The biopic which Clint Eastwood created here has the potential for an Oscar for the best male lead role, as Leonardo DiCaprio shows his skills here par excellence. But the film itself is really disappointing, as it is actually boring. As a DVD it would be at its best, as you can fast forward the many long-winded bits. The film is told from the perspective of the old Hoover, who is dictating his memoirs to a younger agent. In the flashbacks one has - as expected - the young Hoover of the narrative experience. The make-up personnel have done a great job with DiCaprio but failed completely on his counterpart, Armie Hammer. Why don´t they ever think about the fact that eyes age too? Even in Benjamin Button was that´s the most annoying mistake in the make-up. They also have exaggerated Hammer´s make-up, as the poor man looked like 110 years and apparently dead.

Due to three big reasons, this film lost six big points: The many outstretched lengths of the movie simply dour it out. Secondly, the clumsily indicated problems of the main character are shown too shortly to build upon and thus leaves one pondering why they were presented in the first place. Lastly, there is the previously mentioned make-up fop. The remaining four points are broken down as follows: three for an excellent Leonardo DiCaprio, and one for the sensitive, albeit boring, preparation of the biography.

Samira Alinto

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