J. Edgar details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Josh Lucas, Lea Thompson, Ed Westwick, Armie Hammer, Dermot Mulroney, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Donovan, Stephen Root|
|Studio:||WARNER BROS. PICTURES|
|Collections:||Based on a True Story, Drama Greats, July - Drama, New Releases, The Biggest and Best, TVOD Carousel|
|Run time:||2 hours 17 minutes|
|Rental release:||10 Jul 2012|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Leonardo Dicaprio and Armie Hammer deliver powerful performance in this biopic about the life of J Edgar Hoover. Directed by Clint Eastwood.
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Eastwood's Decent Bio of Fascinating CharacterBy 5ft7offootballheaven (300 reviews) from London , 13 Nov 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]Crikey. Impressive biopic. Some defective prosthetic in the ageing scenes I think. The 'companion' Clyde ended up looking like the android fella on Red Dwarf.
50 years of American power politics. Interesting.
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DiCaprio well worth the watch in too sympathetic portrayalBy Malinky (21 reviews) from Aberdeen , 27 Jun 2013DiCaprio is fantastic in this very sympathetic film about Hoover. It does emphasise his achievements and rather skips over his flaws; the insight into his sexuality and personal are sympathetically portrayed and watchable for that alone. Just 10-15mins too long.
leonardo at his finestBy vickig0306 (429 reviews) from Halifax , 19 May 2013this has got to be one of dicaprio's finest roles to date. It is a really intense film that is a fantastic portrayal of the former president. Really enjoyed it
Interesting and Well Made BiopicBy Chrisaljack (410 reviews) from Hellingly , 06 May 2013Probably Leonardo DiCaprio in his best acting role plus a great support cast (including Judi Dench as his mother) with superb direction by Clint Eastwood has all the ingredients of a really great film. Unfortunately J Edgar - despite his fifty years plus as FBI supremo - after a dynamic start to his career where his dynamism and determination and a very clever mind was to shoot him to power in his 20's, was not much more than a power hungry blackmailer of top politicians in his later years. This film transmits this fact well. An interesting and well made biopic.
Hoover is no hero.By Zebras22 (116 reviews) , 06 May 2013A very well directed portrait of Hoover by Clint Eastwood. Dicaprio is improving film by film. He was a deeply disturbed man and the power went to his head. Well worth a watch.
Clever and intriguing if you're willing to pay attentionBy AnnekaHannah (9 reviews) , 03 May 2013Quiet, clever and respectfully done. Leonardo diCaprio is good rather than exceptional, but Arnie Hammer is excellent as his right hand man. Poor lighting choices and the skipping of the story between present and past is occasionally confusing, although it may be easier to follow for those familiar with Hoover's life and work. Worth a watch if you're willing to pay attention.