THE MOST POWERFUL MAN IN THE WORLD.
The story of J. Edgar Hoover, the man who built the FBI and remained its top dog for almost 40 years, shows a man who realized early on the need for a more efficient and scientific way to fight crime, but who lost his soul because of a life led in denial and marred by delusions and obsessions. Sounds riveting, but there’s a dynamic missing here and that’s only reinforced by the oppressive, desaturated look and feel of the film. Still, Leonardo DiCaprio is very good (even in his old-age makeup, although he lacks the voice to go with it) and the script handles its challenges credibly enough.
2011-U.S. 137 min. Color. Widescreen. Music and direction by Clint Eastwood. Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black. Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar Hoover), Naomi Watts (Helen Gandy), Judi Dench (Annie Hoover), Armie Hammer (Clyde Tolson), Josh Lucas, Dermot Mulroney… Lea Thompson, Adam Driver.
Trivia: Co-produced by Eastwood and Ron Howard. Charlize Theron was allegedly first cast as Gandy.