Movie Review: "J. Edgar"

Nov 162011
Authors: Jen Obrin

If you are as big of a fan of Leonardo DiCaprio as I am, then I am sure you are as excited as I am about his newest movie, “J. Edgar.”

This film gives the viewer some insight into the director of the FBI and how his ideas changed the way agents solve crimes. Director, Clint Eastwood did some snooping around and shares some of J. Edgar’s secrets in this dramatic film.

“J. Edgar” centers on the relationships that are closest to him. This includes his mother (Judi Dench), his secretary, Helen Gandy (Naomi Watts), and also FBI associate director Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer).

The film, narrated by Edgar, goes back and forth between past and present and focuses on J. Edgar’s love for America and his passion of ridding it of radicals and communists.

The film shares some of J. Edgar’s most famous contributions to crime fighting, such as fingerprinting and the collection of forensic evidence, but he enjoyed exaggerating stories and giving himself credit when it was not due. Up to this point we were told J. Edgar killed gangster John Dillinger, solved the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh’s baby, and was the ultimate G man, but Eastwood kills those myths and shares with us the truth about the man in charge.

The film takes us on a trip through history with J. Edgar ruling the FBI as an intimidating tyrant that no one would dare cross paths with. This trip includes eight presidents, Martin Luther King Jr and Marilyn Monroe. It shares with us his adornment for wire tapping and the amusement he got from it.

Even though most of the film is DiCaprio with layers upon layers of prosthetic latex, J. Edgar is still very entertaining and lets the viewer into another side of the director some may not know.

This film will keep the viewer on the edge of his or her seat and intrigued throughout. Eastwood teases the audience just enough about the secrets of J. Edgar and keeps the viewer wanting more

I give it a 4 out of 5 stars.

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