posted on Mar, 30 2012 @ 08:18 PM
My review of a period-drama movie about the famous man.
I just watched this tonight and I thought it was worthy for ATS considering there is at least one or two threads dealing with him here and there are
quite a few conpiracies about him too. The movie stars Leonardo Di Caprio in the leading role and is directed by none other than Clint Eastwood. It's
a two and a quarter hour movie so something that might not appeal to all. The pace is slow, detailed and deals with some of the more well-known and
less well-known aspects of his life and has some great make-up as at least half of the movie takes place in his later years as he dictates his memoirs
to various agents before his death. You have to look hard to see that it is Di Caprio in the opening shot. As he dictates the movie flashes back in
time and reveals also the story of the FBI, how it came to be and how it came to gain it's wide-ranging powers over the years.
There isn't much conspiracy in it but certainly for a non-American like me it is an interesting look into the history of the period and some of the
more important events that took place. It touches briefly on his love for Clyde Tolson, his struggle with the laws of the time and sometimes its
leaders but seems to be an honest, frank and intriguing look into many of the events and characters. It might not be suited to younger viewers due to
its length and pace. There isn't much action or conspiratorial subject matter either as it deals more with his interactions and the only 3 people he
trusted and loved in life. Obviously Clyde Tolson was one of them, the other two were his mother and the last was his lifelong personal secretary
Helen Gandy who remained loyal to the last.
It's interesting, (mainly due to the history and the character interactions at the time), respectful and also, believe it or not, quite touching. I
can thoroughly recommend it but if you were expecting an action filled, all barrels blazing expose of some other aspects of his like mafia dealings or
suchlike then it is probably not for you. It shows his good points of which I think after having watched it there were many, but also his bad points.
Quite an all-round view of the man in my opinion.
I don't know any of the other actors apart from Dame Judy Dench (Mother) but everyone gave great performances. Bobby Kennedy and Nixon were briefly
portrayed and Nixon was done very nicely.
Imdb details are here
but I must admit I found the score too low on this one. 7 is normally my
watermark for watching movies. I've wasted enough of my life watching bad movies and this has a 6.9. Maybe one for some of you to catch should you see
it go by.
edit on 30/3/12 by LightSpeedDriver because: Correction