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Re: “The boys in the bureau

The movie starts off with a bang, literally. The home of the attorney general, Hoover’s boss, is bombed by radicals. A young Hoover scoops up the leaflets left behind and we embark with him on his rise to power and decades-long dominance by fear and coercion of Washington’s powerful. The movie explores Hoover’s career and his relationship with Clyde Tolson, his long suffering colleague at the bureau.

Eastwood, like other actors-turned-director (Sean Penn, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, to name a few) has a spare directorial style that focuses on the actors’ performances. DiCaprio’s performance as Hoover is stellar. We’ve watched him graduate from younger roles, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Catch Me If You Can, to manhood in The Departed. In all of these he is excellent. Yet one could close one eye and say, this is Leonardo DiCaprio playing this character, a circumstance that is hard for high profile actors to escape. But here the cadence, the gestures, aided by the amazing makeup (Sian Grigg and Duncan Jarman) make the transformation complete and we are utterly lost in the character.

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Posted by Trendrabbit First on 11/13/2011 at 8:53 AM

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