The minute I heard that there was going to be a movie about the person who revolutionized the way crime fighting is done in the United States through the creation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, I knew I had to watch it! First of all, you should not see this movie as a historical documentary, but rather see it as an epic tale of how one man trying to conquer criminals using the US government, not as an ally but a resource.
Ever wanted to feel and see the godfather, but an FBI version? This is basically it! Well not in the literal sense but the energy that Leonardo DiCaprio presents in the movie is more like he owns his own mafia family rather than a Federal Police.
The movie is about the story of J Edgar through his own eyes, basically giving his own opinions about certain historical episodes like his role with the Kennedy’s, wire tapping, dealing with domestic and foreign threats (mostly commies) yeah…the movie has J Edgar talking about protecting the country through any means necessary. Throughout the movie (not to ruin the movie) he starts to get power hungry, the interesting thing about it is that through his power hunger, he develops multiple ways to fight crime: one of them being the finger prints. Through the time frame of the movie, you’ll constantly see the time change between the past and the future, it really is interesting to see how the eras changes and the main character and cast has this strange connection of the past as if the past constantly badgers them with the same kinds of dilemma.
The acting, well it’s Leonardo DiCaprio so everyone already knows how this one is going to be so I’m not even gonna mention the other actors since he’ll be staking most of your attention of the movie.
This is one of those movies that can create a long list of arguments depending on which side of the story you believe. In history, J Edgar is know as one of the most ruthless and effective leaders the US Gov’t has seen, on the other side you can say that he craves power like a kid wanting chicken nuggets at your local McDonald’s, it really is something to watch