“J. Edgar” is a 2011 biographical drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover, the founder of the FBI. The film explores the life and career of Hoover, from his rise to power in the Bureau to his personal relationships and controversies.
The film is structured as a series of flashbacks, as Hoover dictates his memoirs to a series of young agents. It covers key events in Hoover’s life, including his work to modernize the FBI, his investigation of famous criminals such as John Dillinger and Al Capone, and his political battles with figures such as President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.
At the heart of the film is the relationship between Hoover and his protégé, Clyde Tolson, played by Armie Hammer. The film suggests that the two men were in a romantic relationship, a controversial theory that has been debated by historians.
“J. Edgar” received mixed reviews from critics, with some praising DiCaprio’s performance and Eastwood’s direction, while others criticized the film’s structure and historical accuracy. However, the film was praised for its exploration of Hoover’s complex personality and the moral ambiguity of his actions.
Duration: 137 min.