Directed by Clint Eastwood,the biopic of the first director of the FBI,J.Edgar Hoover sees Leonardo DiCaprio as the controversial man himself ,while Armie Hammer ,Naomi Watts and Judi Dench as its supporting cast.
The movie is told in flashbacks as the now J.Edgar in his 60s telling to a autobiographer about his past.we are shown how Edgar became the man he is which includes the formation of the forensic teams in the FBI,the fingerprint method and also his darker side where he seems misuse and collect information on people he feels dangerous to the country based just on how he feels.Clint Eastwood also shows the other side of Hoover,a man longing for acceptance and respect from the people around him as well dealing with his homosexuality(which is only hinted in the film ).
As for other of the cast ,Naomi Watts did a descent job portraying the loyal Helen Gandy.She did have some moments in the film but I felt she was underused.Judi Dench has Annie hoover,Edgar's homophobic loving and maybe overprotective mom is fantastic.She probably had the best line in the film when she looks Hoover straight to his eyes and said 'I rather have a dead son rather than daffodil as a son'
Overall it was a okay film packed with award worthy performances from the cast.
Possible Oscar nominations:
Best Actor-Leonardo DiCaprio(in my top 5)
Best Supporting Actor-Armie Hammer(in my top 5)
Best Supporting Actress-Judi Dench (in my top 10)
Best Art Direction-Gary Fettis& James J.Murakami(in my top 10)
My score: B+