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J. Edgar Blu-ray Review

While interesting, “J. Edgar” is one of Clint Eastwood’s lesser films.

When it comes to modern cinema, Clint Eastwood is one of the most exciting directors working in the biz today. From “Mystic River” to “Gran Torino,” Eastwood’s variety of film projects never cease to entertain or reward the audience. While I wish could say “J. Edgar” is on the same level of his filmography of the past decade, it is sadly one of his weakest efforts due to a clunky screenplay.

Instead of telling a linnear story that covers periods of time, “J. Edgar” has a rather strange and jarring structure that flip flops throughout his life. Among the subjects covered in this biopic are J. Edgar Hoover’s relationship with his mother, his contributions to criminal science, his rise to power (and corruption of power), his friend/co-worker and possible lover Clyde Tolson, a hunt for radicals and a murderer/kidnapper, his achievements, and flashbacks to the origins of the FBI.

It shouldn’t be surprising that “J. Edgar” suffers from the same issues that many biopics do in that the writer tries to cram as many key moments in the life of a person into one film. With “J. Edgar,” we get a lot of information, but everything feels so rushed and detached that it’s hard to absorb the film. Additionally, the film never really digs deep enough into who Hoover was. It felt like writer Dustin Lance Black was holding back from giving us more.

On the plus side, the acting is extraordinary here (if you can get past the goofy makeup jobs). Leonardo DiCaprio gives another award worthy performance here to prove yet again that he can take on weighty adult roles and be completely and utterly convincing. Newcomer Armie Hammer, who shined in 2010’s “The Social Network,” also makes a memorable impression once again as Clyde Tolson.

“J. Edgar” is certainly rough around the edges, but like all Eastwood films, it’s still worth seeing if just for the performances.

Video/Audio:

“J. Edgar” is presented in 2.4:1 1080p, and while the film looks sharp, it also looks a little too dark for my taste. The dark color scheme is likely due to the cinematography style, but the film looks darker than it should in hi-def.

The 5.1 DTS-HD audio track, on the other hand, is flawless in the music and dialogue departments.

Extras:
* DVD copy and Ultraviolet Digital Copy.
* Warner trailers.
* “J. Edgar: The Most Powerful Man In The World”- A featurette in which Leonardo DiCaprio, Brian Grazer, Dustin Lance Black, Clint Eastwood and others talk about the real Hoover. Real footage and photos of Hoover are included.

February 23, 2012 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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