Not as a fan in particular, it’s the fact that it matters the most and it’s essential in my opinion that the fact must not be overlooked. Must not be forgotten, and must be kept in mind when it comes to the legend, icon, the cornerstone, and the national treasure, Clint Eastwood. According to the wikipedia, Mr. Eastwood has contributed to over 50 films over his career as actor, director, producer, and composer. He has been recognized with multiple awards and nominations for his work in film, television, and music. His widest reception has been in film work, for which he has received Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Directors Guild of America Awards, and People’s Choice Awards. Mr. Eastwood is one of only two people to have been twice nominated for Best Actor and Best Director for the same film (Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby).
Mr. Eastwood’s most recent work, J. Edgar, a film which is written by the Academy Award winning writer of Milk (2008), Dustin Lance Black tells the true story of the controversial director of Federal Bureau of Investigation, John Edgar Hoover. The script which I acquired prior to the release of the film explores the private and public life of J. Edgar Hoover who was one of the most powerful and enigmatic figures of the 20th century.
According to The New Yorker, J. Edgar is another remarkable turn in Clint Eastwood’s career. It’s an important film that should not be overlooked, it’s masterfully directed and passionately performed by Leonardo DiCaprio, who is playing J. Edgar Hoover. In my opinion, it is a bold feast by Clint Eastwood, you can read my review of the film at Static Mass Emporium. It’s unfortunate to see some individuals not focusing on Mr. Eastwood’s style, efforts and his contribution to the project like this IndieWire blog, ReelPolitik. I enjoy spending time on Mr. Anthony Kaufman’s blog, yet I have to disagree with his opinion on the film and Eastwood’s take on John Edgar Hoover biopic. J. Edgar Hoover was indeed a complex and controversial individual, there were negatives points and there were positives ones shinning as well. We must not overlook Mr. Hoover’s patriotism and efforts by paying attention only to his weaknesses. Let’s forget for one minute about Hoover’s sexuality. No one is sure if Mr. Hoover was in love with a man or woman, but we are sure that Mr. Hoover was in love with his country. This is what Mr. Eastwood is portraying. Did I shed tears while watching the film in the dark room? – The answer to that question is – Yes!
But it all comes to “everyone is entitled to their opinion.’ Let’s not forget the facts though. I don’t think Mr. Eastwood took a story of a bad man and redeemed his image. He took the story of a unfortunate and complicated man who was in love with this country. Even good man can be corrupted. It was a fear that Mr. Hoover was dealing with since the very beginning. We must not forget the history. Eastwood’s take on this film is less hollywood-ized.