This afternoon Gary and I went to see the film “J. Edgar” about J. Edgar Hoover and it was pretty good. It was a bit slow and not exactly action packed but with a lot of todays films you get conditioned into expecting big explosions, car chases and gun battles and there was none of that here. The acting was great; particularly Leonardo Di Caprio in the lead role. Gary and I agreed that we didn’t like him that much when he was younger (except in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?) but he seems to have got better now he’s a bit older. To my mind, he’s matured in all the right ways.
Judi Dench played his mother and she was as stunningly briliiant as she always is. The film is directed by Clint Eastwood.
From a historical point of view it seemed pretty accurate to me and the historical detail was probably the most interesting thing. Hoover was a very flawed individual; racist and a total conspiracy theorist who blackmailed everyone to stay in power and lied about his part in capturing famous criminals to glamorise himself. But some of his ideas were good and even ahead of his time. He introduced a central government system for storing fingerprints and helped bring science into crime solving so he wasn’t all bad.
I would say that this is a good film but not a great one.