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Sunday, November 13, 2011

J. Edgar

In both The Aviator and Gangs of New York, Leonardo DiCaprio seemed trapped in his youthful boyishness and unable to transcend to those strong adult characters. He has no problem here. It's a fully realized, subtle performance.

But Clint Eastwood's film is all over the place. The film spans seven decades and you feel every one of them.  Flashbacks. Highlights of history. Layers of aging makeup. And I'm not sure if the film was about his personal life, his rise to be the most powerful man in government, or his contributions to the modern FBI. The likely intention was to tie these all together but I felt like I was watching three films.  For your entertainment or biopic bucks, this is no King's Speech.

Simply put: Leonardo has his acting moment. Too bad the movie was an epic miss.

Award potential: Nomination and possible win for Leo. Picture and Director are likely for this high profile film. Potential supporting noms for Judi Dench and Armie Hammer. 

The Ten Buck Review:  Not worth investigating.

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