J. Edgar, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is obviously Oscar bait. But is it good?
According to Rotten Tomatoes, the critics are slightly indifferent to the film even though DiCaprio gives it his all. The critics gave the film an overall score of 41%, and the audience was much kinder, giving it a 67%.
The consensus of the critics, according to Rotten Tomatoes, “Leonardo DiCaprio gives a predictably powerhouse performance, but ‘J.Edgar’ stumbles in all other departments with cheesy makeup, poor lighting, confusing narrative, and humdrum storytelling.”
When I saw the first trailer, I actually didn’t think the makeup was all that bad, but the more I saw of it, the more I thought it wasn’t as polished as it could be. I guess a good comparison to the makeup in “J. Edgar” would be the aging makeup used in “Watchmen,” and that wasn’t that good at all.
What makes the film’s reception even sadder is that there’s a ton of powerhouse actors in it, not just DiCaprio. Naomi Watts, Dame Judi Dench and “Gossip Girl”‘s Ed Westwick is also part of the cast, as well as Armie Hammer, Josh Lucas and Stephen Root.
What did you think of the movie? Do you think it’ll be nominated at all, or passed by? Give your opinion in the comments section below.