EVEN LEONARDO DICAPRIO CAN’T SAVE “J EDGAR” FROM MONOTONY
We were fully prepared to fall in love with the movie “J Edgar.” We imagined a mini-history of the USA in the first half of the 20th century, and a visual feast through the decades. Plus, we have been enjoying the sensitivity of Clint Eastwood’s directing in the past few years and if a movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio, it’s bound to have a big budget. And of course we expected to learn a lot about the mysterious J Edgar Hoover. To put it mildly, our expectations were not met. We YAWNED repeatedly during the endless rambling monologues by Hoover and the countless flashbacks. Leonardo did a decent job of acting but we couldn’t forget for a minute that he’s Leo THE MOVIE STAR. An unknown character actor might have made Hoover more real. The biggest problem was the dull and uninspired script – it created an lifeless portrait of what was most likely a complex and intriguing man.