J. Edgar Hoover is probably the most well known person in Washington, D.C. This is because he was the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for nearly half a century. But Mr. Hoover’s personal life has been the subject of many people’s mind for quite some time. Luckily, the film “J. Edgar” chronicles what went on in Mr. Hoover’s past life. While the movie does have some flaws, it’s still quite good to watch. “J. Edgar” takes a look at one of history’s most notorious persons of interest that is dealt in a very adult drama.
The plot of the film takes a look at Mr. Hoover’s life, from the beginnings of the FBI, to his death in the early 1970s. The movie chronicles J. Edgar’s rise to fame in the department of justice to creating a scientific division there.
“J. Edgar” is a very good movie to watch. This is because of several items. Firstly, the cast is brilliant, especially Leonardo DiCaprio who portrays J. Edgar. His performance as J. Edgar was the best in the film. The rest the cast, which includes Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts, and Judi Dench, all did fantastic jobs in their roles. Next, Clint Eastwood who directed the directed the movie, did an amazing at supervising the whole production. But what really sells the film are the costumes and makeup. The costumes look amazing and pay very close to detail to what people actually wore in the time period in Washington, D.C. Mostly from the 1920s and 1930s. The makeup used on the actors and actresses are amazing that you can tell how the characters aged during the movie.
But with that being said, there are two problems with the movie. The first problem is the lighting. There’s very little lights on the sets making sets very hard to see. This is probably because Clint Eastwood wanted a natural light to create a mood for the time period, but again, it makes it very hard to see the surroundings that the characters are on. The second and final problem with “J. Edgar” is that it could have dealt more with Mr. Hoover life. Now the pacing of the film was good, giving us a run time of two hours and seventeen minutes, but the film mainly focuses on J. Edgar’s expansion of the FBI, his personal issues, and cracking down on the law. But there is so much more that could have been put into the movie to provide a little more detail to show J. Edgar’s life during the 1940s to the 1960s. If the movie had been a bit longer, it would have kept the audience more interested in what was going on.
In conclusion, “J. Edgar” is another great triumph in the adult drama. It captures the time period of what went on in the early days of the FBI as well as providing some great costumes, makeup, and a good cast. It could have been expanded a bit more and definitely could have improved in the lighting department, but as it stands, “J. Edgar” is a near-perfect film. Older adults are going to enjoy this movie and young film critics will like this to see the one person who cracked down on the United States security measures to make things safe for everybody.